EU Regulation

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To cite an EU Regulation use the tag {{eureg|number|year|regulating body}}

A regulation is a legal act of the EU that becomes immediately enforceable as law in all EU member states simultaneously. Regulations can be distinguished from EU Directives which, at least in principle, need to be transposed into national law.

Regulations are the most direct form of EU Legislation- as soon as they are passed, they have binding legal force throughout every EU Member State, on a par with national laws. National governments do not have to take action themselves to implement EU regulations.

They are different from directives, which are addressed to national authorities, who must then take action to make them part of national law, and decisions, which apply in specific cases only, involving particular authorities or individuals.

Regulations are passed either jointly by the EU Council and European Parliament, or by the European Commission alone.