Corporate report

Review of the balance of competences: MOJ

The Government is carrying out an audit of what the EU does and how it affects the UK.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


Review of the balance of competences: call for evidence

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The Balance of Competences Review was announced by the Foreign Secretary William Hague in July 2012 to examine the balance of competences between the UK and the European Union.

The Review is an audit of what the EU does, and how it affects government and the general public in the UK. This piece of work will deepen our understanding of EU membership, and help shape the UK’s policies in relation to the EU.

The Review led by the Ministry of Justice will examine the scope and nature of the EU’s power to act on matters of Civil Judicial Cooperation (including family matters).

The Ministry of Justice will also lead reports on:

  • fundamental rights
  • police and criminal justice (jointly with the Home Office)

and will contribute to a report on information rights, including data protection.

Read more about the Review of the Balance of Competences between the UK and the EU.

Published 3 May 2013
Last updated 16 May 2013 + show all updates
  1. Added the Call for evidence document.
  2. First published.