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Research Article

EU Legislation: Textual Consistency as an Integral Part of Substantive


Legal Uniformity

AUTHOR: Santa Ezergaile

RIGA, 2015
Summary

This research paper introduces the concept of textual consistency in EU legislative drafting and
aims to illuminate some of the terminological inconsistency problems in detail. To date, there is no
any known systematic examination of textual inconsistency performed in the acquis
communautaire, thus, the research is innovatory. A new model of empirical research had to be
generated to carry out this study. The paper begins with an heuristic hypothesis: even though the EU
language policy guidelines strictly insist on textual consistency in the acquis and the case-law, often
a textual consistency principle is poorly implemented. The methodology to test this hypothesis is a
triangulation research method consisting of three sub-methods: a descriptive method, an
explanatory method, and an evaluation method. The results can help for further research to draw
attention towards the issue, initiate elaboration of the existent guidelines or initiate to establish new
EU guidelines on textual consistency.

Key words: acquis communautaire, legislative drafting quality, textual consistency, EU law
language, legislative documents, linguistic discordance.
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