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The term European legal instruments refers to the instruments available to the European institutions to carry out their tasks. The instruments listed in Article 288 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) are:
Furthermore, Article 290 of the TFEU introduces the possibility for the European legislator to delegate to the Commission the power to adopt non-legislative acts of general scope which supplement or amend non-essential elements of legislative acts.
In addition to the instruments listed in Article 288 of the TFEU, practice has led to the development of a whole series of unique documents: interinstitutional agreements, resolutions, conclusions, communications, green papers and white papers.
Under the Common Foreign and Security Policy, specific legal instruments are used, such as EU actions and positions.