that ‘a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life
of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but
rather should support it in case of need and help to coordinate its activity
with the activities of the rest of society’.
(Pope John Paul II)
The Community shall act within the limits of the powers conferred upon
it by this Treaty and of the objectives assigned to it therein.
areas which do not fall within its exclusive competence, the Community shall
take action, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, only if and in
so far as the objectives of the proposed action cannot be sufficiently achieved
by the Member States and can therefore, by reason of the scale or effects of
the proposed action, be better achieved by the Community.
Any action by the Community shall not go beyond what is necessary to
achieve the objectives of this Treaty.