European Journal of Law Reform

Article

Managing the EU Acquis

Keywords EU, legislation, accessibility, updating
Authors William Robinson
Author's information

300200 William Robinson
Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London.
  • Abstract

      EU legislation plays a key role in filling in the gaps in the framework created by the EU Treaties. The body of EU legislation known as the acquis has grown piecemeal over 60 years to a confused and confusing patchwork of over 100,000 pages. There is an urgent need for a more coherent approach to updating, condensing and revising that legislation to ensure that it is readily accessible. New mechanisms should be established for those tasks, or else the existing mechanisms should be enhanced and exploited to the full.

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