EU equality legislation is legally binding in all EU Member States and it is also transposed in EEA countries, EU candidate countries and other countries that have undertaken to approximate their national legislation to EU equality law.
The European Union implements policy through a variety of legal instruments spread across two major decision-making processes: co-decision and cooperation procedure. These are used to develop or coordinate policies, to take actions and initiate programs, to facilitate policy implementation, and to provide advice to member states. Binding and non-binding legal instruments are the two types […]
Under the Treaty of Lisbon, co-decision became the ‘Ordinary Legislative Procedure‘ and the general rule for passing legislation at the EU. It covers the vast majority of areas of Union action. The adoption of legislation by Parliament and the Council on an equal footing is the key characteristic of the ordinary legislative […]
Article 288 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union provides directions for non-binding legal instruments. These instruments sometimes are referred as soft law and are usually adopted when there is no need to adopt binding legislation but it is fitting to have formal acts clarifying the scope and meaning of existing legislation.
The binding legal instruments that constitute the secondary legislation of the EU are:
as set out in Article 288 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
Regulations are a legally binding act of the European Union that is directly applicable in all European Union member states. In terms of impact and direct […]
The treaties underpin all of the EU’s actions since they legally bind agreements between EU member countries define EU objectives, rules for EU institutions, decision-making processes, and the relationship between the EU and its members. Treaties are the starting point for EU law and are referred to as primary legislation in the EU. Secondary legislation […]