Legal Instruments

Legal Instruments in Europe

Description of Legal instruments

The Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union describes legal instruments in the following terms: [1] The EC’s principal legal instruments are Directives, Regulations and Decisions, each of which takes precedence over national laws. These all derive, some loosely, from clauses or general principles in the Treaty of Rome, the Single European Act, the Maastricht Treaty, the Treaty of Amsterdam and the various national Accession Treaties. In addition, the Court of Justice has created a body of case law. The choice of instrument, unless specified in a Treaty, is largely at the discretion of the Commission, which has the sole right to initiate Community legislation. (For the volume of legislation see Directive and for a general description see Community law.)


Notas y References

  1. Based on the book “A Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union from Aachen to Zollverein”, by Rodney Leach (Profile Books; London)

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