Directives

 

Texts from the Parliament and the Council at the initiative of the Commission (a directive can also be initiated by the Council alone or by the Commission alone, such as the Commission's "Competition Directive"). Directives are binding for Member States in terms of the result that has to be accomplished within a given time frame, but they allow the national authorities to choose the form and means themselves. These texts have to be transposed into national law first before they can be applied in each Member State. They have to be transposed within the term laid down in each Directive. In case of non-compliance with these obligations Member States can be prosecuted before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for violation of the Community law.

Community Directives do not create direct rights or obligations for the citizens of the Union as they only target the Member States. However, it results from the ECJ's judgement that once the transposition term has expired, all bodies of the Member States are obliged to interpret and apply the national legislation in conformity with the Directives, and to reject those provisions of national law that go against a non-transposed Directive. The ECJ has acknowledged the right of private persons to invoke a Directive that has not been transposed (correctly) into national law against a State and to appeal to the rights coming from that Directive before the national courts, provided that the provisions of that Directive regarding the content, are clear, specific and binding and leave no room for interpretation.

Electronic communications (telecommunications and radio communications)

  • Directive 2002/19/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 March 2002 on access to, and interconnection of, electronic communications networks and associated facilities (Access Directive) (consolidated version)

  • Directive 2002/20/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 March 2002 on the authorisation of electronic communications networks and services (Authorisation Directive) (consolidated version)

  • Directive 2002/21/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 March 2002 on a common regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services (Framework Directive) (consolidated version)

  • Directive 2002/22/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 March 2002 on universal service and users' rights relating to electronic communications networks and services (Universal Service Directive) (consolidated version)

  • Directive 2002/58/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 July 2002 concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector (Directive on privacy and electronic communications) (consolidated version)

Competition in the markets for electronic communications networks and services 

  • Directive 2002/77/EC of the Commission of 16 September 2002 on competition in the markets for electronic communications networks and services (OV) 

Deployment of high-speed electronic communications networks 

  • Directive 2014/61/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on measures to reduce the cost of deploying high-speed electronic communications networks Text with EEA relevance (OV)

Equipments 

  • Directive 1999/5/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 1999 on radio equipment and telecommunications terminal equipment and the mutual recognition of their conformity (consolidated version). This Directive was repealed by Directive 2014/53/EU (see below) but is still relevant in the context of the transitional provision (Article 48) of that Directive

  • Directive 2008/63/EC of the Commission of 20 June 2008 on competition in the markets in telecommunications terminal equipment (OV)

  • Directive 2014/30/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to electromagnetic compatibility (recast) (OV)

  • Directive 2014/35/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits Text with EEA relevance (OV)

  • Directive 2014/53/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of radio equipment and repealing Directive 1999/5/EC Text with EEA relevance (OV) 

Media 

  • Directive 2010/13/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 10 March 2010 on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services (Audiovisual Media Services Directive) (codified version)