EU Law Terminology
- Regulations are binding legislative act. It must be applied in the entire EU as it is
- Directives set out a goal that all EU countries must achieve. However, it is up to the countries to decide how. Thus, it is up to each country to devise its own laws on how to implement directives
- Decisions are binding on those to whom it is addressed (an EU country or individual company) and is directly applicable
- Recommendations are not binding. They allow the institutions to make their views known and to suggest a line of action without imposing any legal obligation on those to whom it is addressed
- Opinions are not binding. They are an instrument that allows the institutions to make a statement in a non-binding fashion without imposing any legal obligation on those to whom it is addressed
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