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Legal information and EU law

To assist you in understanding and enforcing your European Union rights and obligations, you can avail of the Your Europe Advice service which provides free and personalised advice on your rights in the EU - in your own language and within a week of your request. It can clarify the European law that applies in your case, explain how you can exercise your EU rights and obtain redress and signpost you to a body that can offer further help if needed. You can submit an enquiry via the web form.

For simpler questions on the EU, you can contact EUROPE DIRECT via the Freephone number 00800 6 7 8 9 10 11.

If you need to discuss your case personally, you may fix an appointment with the Your Europe Legal Adviser.

The European Union – Legal Perspective

The European Union has created and is constantly developing a body of law distinct from that of the respective Member States. Notwithstanding the distinction between European Union and national law, the law of the European Union takes priority over national law and must be respected by the Member States.

To avail of the legal protection offered to citizens in the European Union, it is necessary to be aware of the Sources of Law in the European Union. The sources of law of the European Union provide a suite of rights affecting the lives of all those who live, work and travel in the European Union. Nationals of Member States of the European Union and their families enjoy special Citizens’ Rights and are subject to certain obligations.

To exercise and enjoy the rights conferred by membership of the European Union, it is important to be aware of the diverse means of Enforcement of European Union Rights. The nature of European Union law is such that issues of European Union law may, in general, be litigated before national courts without recourse to the Community courts. In fact, access to the Community courts by citizens is limited.


These web-pages on European Union law and legal rights are included for the general information of the public. The information provided does not constitute legal advice, as such. Nor can it be construed as an interpretation of European Union law by the European Commission.

Last update: 08/07/2015  |Top