On Sun, Jan 18, 2004 at 08:30:16PM +0000, ilug at linux-is-groovy.co.uk wrote:
> I not understand "directive", is this like direction, or is like you get your ass in prision if you dont do these things?
My understanding of an EU directive was that they are a written
instrument, raitified by either the European Parliament or the
European Commision and are merely something that must eventually
be reflected by an instrument of national law.
So, an EU directive will be ratified, and it will have a specified
implementation date, and then it will be up to the member states
to ratify a local statute implementing the requirements of the
directive in due time. Generally they are framework documents and
the national statutes (or statutory instrument) vary from state to
state and the directives contain parameters broad enough to allow
for that variation.
In any case, they mean exactly nothing in law themselves. Though
since IANAL and all that, I may be entirely wrong.
Colm MacCárthaigh Public Key: colm+pgp at stdlib.net
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