European Communities Act 1972


Number 27 of 1972


EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES ACT 1972

REVISED

Updated to 13 April 2017


This Revised Act is an administrative consolidation of the European Communities Act 1972. It is prepared by the Law Reform Commission in accordance with its function under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975 (3/1975) to keep the law under review and to undertake revision and consolidation of statute law.

All Acts up to and including Knowledge Development Box (Certification of Inventions) Act 2017 (6/2017), enacted 12 April 2017, and all statutory instruments up to and including Social Housing Assessments (Summary) Regulations 2013 (Revocation) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 161 of 2017), made 13 April 2017, were considered in the preparation of this Revised Act.

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Number 27 of 1972


EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES ACT 1972

REVISED

Updated to 13 April 2017


Introduction

This Revised Act presents the text of the Act as it has been amended since enactment and preserves the format in which it was first passed.

Related Legislation

European Communities Acts 1972 to 2012: this Act is one of a group of Acts included in this collective citation ( European Communities (Amendment) Act 2012 (21/2012), s. 2(2)). The Acts in this group are:

European Communities Act 1972 (27/1972)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 1973 (20/1973)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 1977 (5/1977)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 1979 (32/1979)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 1985 (1/1985)

European Communities (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1985 (19/1985)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 1986 (37/1986)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 1992 (24/1992)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993 (25/1993)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 1994 (30/1994)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 1995 (6/1995)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 1998 (25/1998)

European Communities and Swiss Confederation Act 2001 (41/2001)

European Union (Scrutiny) Act 2002 (25/2002), s. 4

European Communities (Amendment) Act 2002 (27/2002)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 2003 (38/2003)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 2006 (18/2006)

European Communities Act 2007 (18/2007)

European Union Act 2009 (33/2009)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 2012 (21/2012)

Annotations

This Revised Act is annotated and includes textual and non-textual amendments, statutory instruments made pursuant to the Act and previous affecting provisions.

An explanation of how to read annotations is available at

www.lawreform.ie/annotations.

Material not updated in this revision

Where other legislation is amended by this Act, those amendments may have been superseded by other amendments in other legislation, or the amended legislation may have been repealed or revoked. This information is not represented in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the amended legislation if one is available.

Where legislation or a fragment of legislation is referred to in annotations, changes to this legislation or fragment may not be reflected in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the legislation referred to if one is available.

A list of legislative changes to any Act, and to statutory instruments from 1987, may be found linked from the page of the Act or statutory instrument at

www.irishstatutebook.ie.

Acts which affect or previously affected this revision

European Communities (Amendment) Act 2012 (21/2012)

European Union Act 2009 (33/2009)

European Communities Act 2007 (18/2007)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 2006 (18/2006)

Interpretation Act 2005 (23/2005)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 2003 (38/2003)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 2002 (27/2002)

European Union (Scrutiny) Act 2002 (25/2002)

European Communities and Swiss Confederation Act 2001 (41/2001)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 1998 (25/1998)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 1995 (6/1995)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 1994 (30/1994)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993 (25/1993)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 1992 (24/1992)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 1986 (37/1986)

European Communities (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1985 (19/1985)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 1985 (1/1985)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 1979 (32/1979)

Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1977 (28/1977)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 1977 (5/1977)

European Communities (Amendment) Act 1973 (20/1973)

European Communities (Confirmation of Regulations) Act 1973 (5/1973)

All Acts up to and including Knowledge Development Box (Certification of Inventions) Act 2017 (6/2017), enacted 12 April 2017, were considered in the preparation of this revision.

Statutory instruments which affect or previously affected this revision

The list of statutory instruments which affect or previously affected this revision and are made under a power under this Act is too extensive to include under this heading. A chronological list of Regulations made under European Communities Act 1972 (27/1972), s. 3, periodically updated, is available on the Irish Statute Book online linked from the Statutory Instruments page at

www.irishstatutebook.ie/isbc/s3eutoc.html.

All statutory instruments up to and including Social Housing Assessments (Summary) Regulations 2013 (Revocation) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 161 of 2017), made 13 April 2017, were considered in the preparation of this revision.


Number 27 of 1972


EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES ACT 1972

REVISED

Updated to 13 April 2017


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS


Number 27 of 1972


EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES ACT 1972

REVISED

Updated to 13 April 2017


AN ACT TO MAKE PROVISION WITH RESPECT TO MEMBERSHIP OF THE STATE OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES. [6 th December, 1972]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS:

Annotations:

Modifications (not altering text):

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References to “European Communities” construed (1.12.2009) by European Union Act 2009 (33/2009), s. 5, S.I. No. 451 of 2009.

Construction of references.

5.— (1) References in any enactment (other than this Act and the Act of 1972) to the European Communities shall be construed as including references to the European Union.

(2) References in any enactment (other than this Act and the Act of 1972) to the treaties governing the European Communities shall be construed as references to the treaties governing the European Union.

(3) References in any enactment to the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community or the Treaty establishing the European Community shall be construed as references to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

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