Why has the Commission decided to issue Guidance on the application of the Directive?
Who is this Guidance intended for?
Is the Guidance legally binding?
This Guidance is not legally binding. It is intended to provide clarity and bring about convergence in the interpretation and application of the Directive's provisions.
Only the national courts of the Member States and, ultimately, the Court of Justice of the European Union can provide legally binding interpretation of the provisions of the Directive.
Why does the Guidance not cover all the provisions of the Directive?
What about the provisions not covered by the Guidance?
How often will the Guidance be updated?
Who was consulted on this Guidance?
How can I provide comments on this Guidance?