The European Union can set forth law that applies directly to all citizens and legal entities:
A regulation is a legal act of the European Union that becomes immediately enforceable as law in all member states simultaneously. Regulations can be distinguished from directives which, at least in principle, need to be transposed into national law.
Regulations (direct law)
- Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 laying down specific hygiene rules for food of animal origin
- Documento de orientación sobre la aplicación de determinadas disposiciones del Reglamento (CE) no 852/2004 relativo a la higiene de los productos alimenticios