Regulations and Directives related to the EN Eurocodes
Regulations are the most direct form of EU law - as soon as they are passed, they have binding legal force throughout every Member State, on a par with national laws. National governments do not have to take action themselves to implement EU regulations.
Directives are legislative instruments which reconcile the dual objective of both securing the necessary uniformity of European Union law and respecting the diversity of national traditions and structures.
Directives are binding on Member States as to the result to be achieved, but leave it to the respective national authorities to decide how the European Union objective set out in the directive is to be incorporated into their domestic legal systems before a specified date.
The following Regulations and Directives are linked to the EN Eurocodes:
laying down harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products and repealing Council Directive 89/106/EEC
The Construction Products Regulation (305/2011/EC - CPR) - replacing the Construction Products Directive (89/106/EEC - CPD) is laying down harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products. As part of the Smart Regulation initiative, the CPR provides more clarification of the concepts and the use of CE marking, and introduces simplified procedures, which will reduce the costs incurred by enterprises, in particular SMEs. By imposing new and stricter designation criteria to bodies involved in the assessment and the verification of construction products, the CPR is also increasing the credibility and reliability of the whole system.
Concerning the Construction activity itself, the focus is on the competitiveness of the sector, in particular by accompanying and encouraging actions from industry and Member States, not least in the field of sustainable construction, and by promoting actions and supporting the development of common tools for companies and other actors to better adapt to the changes in the sector.
Safety in construction and the free movement of engineering and construction services are also an important policy priority, which is developed through the promotion of the Eurocodes and their implementation by the Member States.
on services in the internal market
The "Services Directive" establishes general provisions facilitating the exercise of the freedom of establishment for service providers and the free movement of services, while maintaining a high quality of services. It aims at improving the regulatory environment for service providers who want to supply their services across borders to other Member States, without setting up an establishment there.
laying down a procedure for the provision of information in the field of technical standards and regulations.
In order to ensure transparency as regards national initiatives for the establishment of technical standards or regulations, Member States shall:
- not publish a new or revised national standard which is not completely in line with an existing European standard;
- communicate to the Commission any draft technical regulation;
- take into account the comments made by the Commission and other Member States, as far as possible, in the subsequent preparation of the technical regulation;
- communicate the definitive text of a technical regulation to the Commission.
on public procurement.
Technical specifications shall be formulated:
- either by reference to technical specifications;
- or in terms of performance or functional requirements;
- or in terms of performance or functional requirements with reference to the technical specifications as a means of presuming conformity with such requirements;
- or by referring to the technical specifications for certain characteristics, and by referring to the performance or functional requirements for other characteristics.
Where a contracting authority uses the option to prescribe in terms of performance or functional requirements, it shall not reject a tender for works, supplies or services which comply with a national standard transposing a European standard.