EU Jargon

Derogation

In theory, all EU laws should be binding on all member states. But countries can sometimes negotiate to opt-out of a particular piece of legislation. When this happens, the member state concerned is granted a “derogation” from the law. These usually only last for a limited period and are designed to allow countries extra time to adapt to a particularly onerous new law. For example, 11 countries (mostly new members) have been granted a further two years to comply with the recently agreed directive fully opening up postal services to competition, which will kick in for the rest of the Union in 2011.

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