Nav 8-2: Legal acts in the EU

Length Browsing: 25 minutes Reporting: 20 minutes
  • To gain more insight into actual pieces of legislation in the EU in different policy areas.
  • To become acquainted with the EUR-lex website.
Introduction Chapter 8 has given us an overview of the different types of legal acts the EU makes use of. In this exercise, you will chart the use of these instruments for a specific policy area in order to understand better the choice for a specific instrument. The EUR-Lex website collects all EU legislation and enables you to search for it in many different ways. In this exercise you will make use of the Thematic files, which contain the most relevant recent legislation sorted by policy area.
  • Go to the EUR-Lex website.
  • Under EU law, go to “Legal acts”, then “Directory of legal acts”.
  • Under “03 Agriculture”, go to “03.10 Basic provisions” and then “03.10.20 Common agricultural policy mechanisms”. Click on “number of acts” and look at the different acts that are listed there.
  • Do the same for “05 Freedom of movement for workers and social policy” and then “05.10 Freedom of movement for workers”.
  • For both areas, count the number of directives, regulations and decisions adopted.
  • Do the two policy areas differ in regard to the relative use of directives, regulations and decisions? If so, how can you explain this difference?
  • Compare a directive/regulation adopted by the Council (and the EP) with one adopted by the Commission. Is there a clear difference in the scope of their contents?

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