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

Wildlife and nature conservation

Environment - Other


Intellectual property


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  • General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation 2016/679), superseded the Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC 24 October 1995)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

  • Colours for use in foodstuffs (1994/36/EC 30 June 1994)
  • Drinking Water Directive (98/83/EC) of 3 November 1998
  • Food supplements directive (2002/46/EC 10 June 2002)

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[5]
  • 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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