List of European Union directives

The following is a thematic list of European Union directives:

For a date based list, see the Category:European Union directives by number

Accounting, auditing, and management control

Anti-discrimination measures

  • Council Directive 2000/43/EC of 29 June 2000 implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of racial or ethnic origin : also called the "Race Directive" (Directive 2000/43/EC on Anti-discrimination)
  • Council Directive 2000/78/EC of 27 November 2000 establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation
  • Council Directive 2004/113/EC of 13 December 2004 implementing the principle of equal treatment between men and women in the access to and supply of goods and services
  • Directive 2006/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 2006 on the implementation of the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment and occupation (recast)


  • Television Without Frontiers Directive (Council Directive 97/36/EC)



Pollution and Waste

  • The Directive 76/464/EEC of 4 May 1976 on pollution caused by certain dangerous substances discharged into the aquatic environment of the Community
  • Urban Waste Water Directive (Council Directive 91/271/EEC of 21 May 1991 concerning urban waste water collection and treatment)
  • Packaging and packaging waste directive, 94/62/EC deals with the problems of packaging waste and the currently permitted heavy metal content in packaging
  • Council Directive 96/61/EC of 24 September 1996 concerning integrated pollution prevention and control; replaced by Directive 2008/1/EC (see below)
  • Landfill Directive, Council Directive 1999/31/EC of 26 April 1999
  • RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC
  • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive ("WEEE directive"), Directive 2002/96, revised in 2006, 2009 and 2012, currently Directive 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment
  • Battery directive (2006/66/EC in force from 6 September 2006), Directive 2006/66/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 September 2006 on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators and repealing Directive 91/157/EEC. Directive 2006/66/EC was amended by Directive 2013/56/EU of 20 November 2013.
  • Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (Directive 2008/1/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 January 2008 concerning integrated pollution prevention and control)
  • Waste framework directive (Directive 2008/98/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on waste)

Wildlife and nature conservation

Environment - Other


Intellectual property

See also


Privacy and data protection and retention

  • General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation 2016/679), superseded the Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC 24 October 1995)
  • Directive (EU) 2016/680 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by competent authorities for the purposes of the prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal penalties... on EUR-Lex
  • Directive on a Community framework for electronic signatures (1999/93/EC 13 December 1999) on EUR-Lex
  • Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications (2002/58/EC 12 July 2002) on EUR-Lex
  • Data Retention Directive (2006/24/EC 15 March 2006)
  • Directive 2009/136/EC (25 November 2009) on EUR-Lex, was COD/2007/0248 in the Telecoms Package, amending Directive 2002/22/EC on universal service and users’ rights relating to electronic communications networks and services, Directive 2002/58/EC concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector and Regulation (EC) No 2006/2004 on cooperation between national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws.
  • Passenger Name Record (PNR) Directive (2016/681 of 27 April 2016) on EUR-Lex

Technology and safety

Medical devices

Electronic communication

Information technology

Weights and measures

Food and drink

Safety at work


  • Airborne noise emitted by household appliances directive
  • Noise emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoors directive



Rail transport

  • EU Directive 91/440 creation of open access railways ("de-monopolisation of railways"), with modifications forms part of the First Railway Package
  • Second Railway Package (2004), a collection of directives concerning open access railway operations, specifically with respect to interoperability and safety
  • EU Directive 2008/57/EC, an updated directive that covers the interoperability of both the Trans-European high-speed rail network and the Trans-European conventional rail network[6]
  • Interoperability of trans-European conventional rail system directive
  • Interoperability of trans-European high-speed rail system directive

Road transport

Transport - Other

  • Lifts Directive
  • Transportable pressure equipment directive


See also


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