I attended a joint BIALL (British and Irish Association of Law Librarians) and CLIG (City Legal Information Group) seminar on EU (European Union) law held at Field Fisher Waterhouse in London on 10 December 2012. Rather aptly, the course occured on the same day as the European Union was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2012.
Maria Bell (EDC and Law Librarian at the London School of Economics) provided an overview of the formation, history and enlargement of the EU and its main institutions. The European Council and the Council of Europe should not be confused. The Treaty of Lisbon (2007) has renumbered the founding treaties again. Directorates-General (DGs)are EU government departments.
Maria also provided an overview of EU legislation. Primary legislation are treaties; and secondary legislation are regulations, decisions and directives. There are also non-legislative acts (non-binding recommendations). Regulations and decisions apply directly; but directives require national implementation. …
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