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EU Directive vs EU Regulation: What's The Difference?

EU Law 8 Sep. 2014 By Enhesa

Knowing the difference between an EU Directive and an EU Regulation is an important distinction every EHS professional working and/or operating in the region should know.

EU Directive:

  • Applicable to all Member States
  • Sets certain aims, requirements and concrete results that must be achieved in every Member State
  • Sets a process for it to be implemented by Member States
  • National authorities must create or adapt their legislation to meet these aims by the date specified in each given Directive

EU Regulation:

  • Immediately applicable and enforceable by law in all Member States
  • As good practice, Member States issue national legislation that defines the competent national authorities, inspection and sanctions on the subject matter.

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