European law refers to the law of the European Union. It consists of all treaties, regulations, directives, decisions, and recommendations of the European Union, as well as the case law of the European Court of Justice. It affects Dutch law in various ways. Insofar as they are sufficiently clear, precise and unconditional, the provisions of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), have direct effect and even have supremacy over national laws. These include for example the provisions surrounding the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital, and competition law.
In addition, the EU institutions adopt directives and regulations in light of the EU’s objectives and principles. Due to digitalisation and technological developments, more and more cross-border topics are being harmonised by the EU legislator. For example, rules on privacy (General Data Protection Regulation), consumer law and telecommunications all find a strong basis in European law today.
European law directly intervenes in the day-to-day business of undertakings and organisations within the EU. The specialised lawyers of bureau Brandeis monitor the developments in the field of European law closely (e.g. green papers, white papers, consultation rounds and case-law) and actively participate in consultation rounds. They assist undertakings to navigate through the European legal landscape and to make their operations compliant with European law.