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Although the European Union is not a federal government, the EU legislation overrides national laws in the Member States in many areas, especially concerning the Single Market and the Four Freedoms (goods, workers, capital and services).

The Treaties constitute the primary legislation in the EU. The Treaties are created by governments from all EU Member States acting by consensus. This means that a proposed amendment to the Treaties which has been adopted by the heads of State has to be ratified by all Member States.

The Directives and the Regulations form part of the secondary legislation of the EU. Usually, the European Commission has a monopoly on taking legislative initiatives. A number of procedures are used when European laws are passed, depending on the interaction between the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.

Directives requires Member States to achieve a particular result, but do not (normally) specify how this should be implemented in the respective Member State, while regulations are self-executing and do not need implementing measures.

The EFBWW tries to influence EU legislation in a way that is in line with the interests of our affiliated organizations. This is done by establishing contacts with Members of the European Parliament, officials at the European Commission, or with governments in the different Member States (the latter often via EFBWW affiliates in the respective countries). Influence can also be exerted by initiating or taking part in political campaigns at European level.



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