Abstract: This explanation presents the Special Section “The horizontal clauses of arts 8-13 TFEU: normative implications, implementation and potential for mainstreaming”, which collects six Articles originally presented at a workshop devoted to the integration clauses of the TFEU held in October 2021. With a view to working towards a better understanding of arts 8-13 TFEU and their contribution to gender equality, non-discrimination, social protection, environmental protection, consumer protection and animal welfare, the six Articles reflect on the legal nature, value and effects of relevant provisions on EU law- and policy-making. Setting the scene, the explanation outlines the main research questions that guide the analysis in the six Articles and explains how each contribution feeds into the Special Section.
Keywords: arts 8-13 TFEU – gender equality – non-discrimination – social protection – environmental protection – consumer protection – animal welfare.
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