Decisions usually relate to specific cases and are addressed to specific parties.

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Decisions issued under the power of Article 288 may be addressed to a Member State or an individual person or company.
Article 288 TFEU states: ‘ A decision shall be binding in its entirety. A decision which specifies those to whom it is addressed shall be binding only on them.’

Decisions are binding and are generally administrative in nature. They can relate to specific cases and if so are addressed to specific parties. They may come from the EU Council (sometimes jointly with the European Parliament) or the Commission.

Since the Treaty of Lisbon the decision may no longer be specific and has gained a broader definition enabling it to be used in Common Foreign and Security Policy. This means that The Council and the European Council are able to adopt decisions relating to:

  • 'the interests and strategic objectives of the Union;
  • the action to be taken by the Union at international level;
  • the positions to be adopted by the Union on international issues;
  • the implementing procedures relating to actions and positions of the Union.'

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Article 288 - Lisbon Treaty

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