Legal acts – statistics

Consult, by year and by month, the number of regulations, directives and decisions adopted in a given month as well as those repealed and expired in a given month.

For adopted acts, both those in force and those no longer in force are covered. There are separate figures for basic acts and amending acts (acts amending previously adopted acts*). The figures are based on the date an act was adopted. Corrigenda are excluded. The figures for repealed acts and expired acts are based on the end of validity date. Non-legislative acts are in italics.

Adopted acts
Basic Amending
Legislative acts - Ordinary legislative procedure
Regulations of the European Parliament and of the Council 56 34
Directives of the European Parliament and of the Council 19 14
Decisions of the European Parliament and of the Council** 0 3
Total 75 51
Other legislative acts
Council regulations 16 13
Council directives 2 3
Council decisions 305 60
Total 323 76
Non-legislative acts
Delegated acts
Commission delegated regulations 67 69
Commission delegated directives 1 9
Commission delegated decisions 7 1
Total 75 79
Implementing acts
Council implementing regulations 2 30
Council implementing decisions 15 29
Commission implementing regulations*** 305 171
Commission implementing directives 2 5
Commission implementing decisions 197 124
Total 521 359
Other acts
Commission regulations*** 18 73
Commission directives 1 8
Commission decisions 415 8
Total 434 89

* For bibliographical reasons, an act is classified as an amending act if according to its title it amends one or more acts, even if it also contains autonomous provisions.

** The vast majority of decisions have addressees (a Member State, a group of Member States, one or more companies). According to Article 288 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) a decision which specifies those to whom it is addressed shall be binding only on them.

*** Ephemeral acts are excluded. Acts related to day-to-day management of agricultural matters (‘ephemeral acts’) are generally valid for a limited period of time. Since 1 March 2011 they have been mainly adopted as Commission implementing regulations. Before that date they were mainly adopted as Commission regulations.