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Summaries of EU legislation

Summaries of EU legislation are short, easy-to-understand explanations of the main legal acts passed by the EU – intended for a general, non-specialist audience.

Most cover the main types of legislation passed by the EU: directives, regulations and decisions. But some cover other documents, such as international agreements.

The summaries are grouped into 32 policy fields, and each links to the full, official version of the act. Summaries are not available for legal acts that we consider to be:

  • already sufficiently short/clear, or
  • aimed exclusively at a specialist audience


Summaries by topic