EU acquis

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The EU acquis is officially referred to in German as the entirety of the applicable EU law in the European Union .

This acquis will be in English as the EU's acquis and French as the acquis de l'Union européenne referred. In addition, the short form EU-Acquis is occasionally used.

The acquis includes all legal acts that are binding on EU Member States . The acquis must be fully adopted by a country joining the EU. This also affected, for example, the ten states that joined the European Union on May 1, 2004 as part of the EU's eastward expansion . However, as part of the accession negotiations between the EU and the candidate country, various exception and transitional arrangements are usually agreed.

The part of EU law adopted by the three states of Iceland , Norway and Liechtenstein as part of the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) is known as the EEA acquis.


"The acquis communautaire has not been up for negotiation since 1973, following the clear accession practice".


The legal acts of the acquis include:

Editions and scientific systematisation

Since the acquis is made up of various types of legal sources , there was initially no separate complete edition. As part of the exhibition The Image of Europe , initiated by the Dutch Council Presidency in 2004 and conceived by Rem Koolhaas , a 31-volume complete edition of the acquis with approx. 85,000 pages was produced. The EU legal acts are available online on the EUR-Lex homepage operated by the Publications Office of the European Union .

The establishment of the so-called Acquis Group by Hans Schulte-Nölke from the University of Bielefeld took place in 2002 on grounds of major pulses EU institutions, including the resolution the European Parliament on the approximation of the civil and commercial law, the conclusions of the European Council of Laeken and Tampere and the Commission communication on European contract law . The aim is to create a network of scientists from the member states of the EU and the candidate countries to penetrate and systematize the applicable EU law. The numerous members are listed on the homepage of the Acquis Group.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Definition of acquis (of the EU)
  2. Definition of (EU's) acquis
  3. Definition of acquis (de l'Union européenne)
  4. The European Economic Area (EEA). Brief information (PDF). Status: April 2015. Accessed November 28, 2015
  5. Thomas Oppermann , Claus Dieter Classen , Martin Nettesheim : Europarecht. A study book. 4th, completely revised edition. Beck, Munich 2009, ISBN 978-3-406-58768-9 , p. 748, Rn. 12.
  6. ^ Image of Europe, Belgium, Brussels, 2004: An exhibition examining the representation of Europe, coinciding with the Netherlands 2004 Presidency of the European Union. (No longer available online.) OMA , archived from the original on June 19, 2015 ; Retrieved June 19, 2015 .
  7. ^ Christiane Eichholz: European law . CFMüller, Heidelberg / Munich / Landsberg / Frechen / Hamburg 2013, ISBN 978-3-8114-7116-0 , p. 26
  8. ^ Homepage of the Acquis Group