Tissue and Cells Directives

The European Union Tissue and Cells Directives (EUTCD) From 7 April 2006, the European Commission required that Members States bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with the Parent Directive (Directive 2004/23/EC). Alongside the commencement of licensing the European Union members, summarising the requirements of the Parent Directive and the … Read more

Services Directive

European Union Services Directive The European Union (EU) Services Directive aims to break down barriers to cross border trade in services between countries in the EU. The Services Directive aims to make life easier for businesses, particularly small and medium sized enterprises, to offer their services to customers in other EU countries, whether establishing elsewhere … Read more

Marine Strategy Framework Directive

EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive The European Union (EU) is the world’s largest maritime territory and marine resources make a significant contribution to each Member State’s economic prosperity and social well-being. The European marine environment must therefore be protected to ensure that it is healthy, productive and safeguarded for the use of future generations. Many … Read more

Offshore Directive

Offshore Directive Directive 2013//30/EU on the safety of offshore oil and gas operations Following the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, the European Commission expressed its initial views on the safety of offshore oil and gas operations in its communication ‘Facing the challenge of the safety of offshore oil and … Read more

Balai Directive

Balai Directive Animals, semen and embryos covered by Balai You must take in account this Directive if you’re moving the following animals: more than 5 pets per traveller in your party – or any pets that can’t be joined by their owner within 5 days dogs, cats and ferrets that are being rehomed or don’t … Read more

Birds Directive

EC Birds Directive: Directive 2009/147/EC on the conservation of wild birds The European Union Wild Birds Directive and Habitats Directive establish a legislative framework for protecting and conserving Europe’s wildlife and habitats. In 1979 the European Community adopted the Council Directive on the Conservation of Wild Birds (79/409/EEC). This Directive is usually referred to as … Read more

Transitional Directive

Transitional Directive in Europe Transitional Directives on the free movement of professionals in the European Union Note: see information on Recognised Legal Professions in Europe. A series of early transitional directives cover some regulated activities, such as insurance activities (agents and brokers ; all risk insurers) and other sundry trade and craft activities. These transitional … Read more

Sectorial Directive

Sectorial Directives in Europe Sectorial Directives in the free movement of professionals in the European Union Note: see information on Recognised Legal Professions in Europe. Co-ordination and Mutual Recognition of Training Typically the sectoral directive came in pairs. Firstly training was co-ordinated so that there was a common minimum level of training, then the qualifications … Read more

Direct Taxation

Direct Taxation in Europe Direct Taxation in the European Union TFEU art 115 authorises the Council to issue directives for the approximation of national laws, regulations and administrative provisions which directly affect the establishment or functioning of the internal market. Directives […]


Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) in Europe Introductory History Directive 2004/39/EC, the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID), governing the provision of investment services in financial instruments by banks and investment firms and the operation of […]

Data Retention Directive

Data Retention Directive in Europe Data concerning telecommunications traffic through telephone networks and through the internet is, to some extent, retained (stored) by telecommunication service providers for their own commercial purposes (e.g., for billing purposes). The Data Retention […]


Directives in Europe Content about Directives from the publication The ABC of European Union law (2010, European Union) by Klaus-Dieter Borchardt. The directive is the most important legislative instrument alongside the regu lation. Its purpose is to reconcile the dual objectives of both […]