EU Directives

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of John Hemming John Hemming Liberal Democrat, Birmingham, Yardley

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many EU directives have been issued (a) in each month since 2000 and (b) in each year since 1975.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Minister of State (Europe)

Based on the Official Journal of the European Union (Directory of Community Legislation in force and other acts of the Community institutions, Volume II, as at 1 January 2004) the approximate numbers of EC directives which have been enacted each year since 1975 are:

Number of directives
1975 38
1976 39
1977 39
1978 72
1979 55
1980 40
1981 54
1982 75
1983 43
1984 55
1985 56
1986 54
1987 64
1989 132
1990 88
1991 146
1992 138
1993 170
1994 86
1995 75
1996 138
1997 143
1998 150
1999 166
2000 160
2001 187
2002 201
2003 233
2004 109

The number of directives adopted each month since 2000 is as follows:

Directives 2000–05
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
January 12 4 3 21 13 11
February 4 4 5 15 7 4
March 3 3 7 15 17 6
April 3 2 3 21 50 6
May 2 8 6 17 2
June 6 4 5 24 11
July 2 6 8 18
August 4 4 1 9 1
September 3 1 4 10
October 4 4 5 10 8
November 4 4 6 8 1
December 3 1 15 25 12

A number of the directives adopted since 1975 will have been amended or repealed. But the exact figure is not held by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and it would incur disproportionate cost to obtain it.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.