Acquis communautaire legal definition of acquis communautaire
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acquis communautaire (literally ‘community achievement’) the accumulated legal regime of the European Union. Applicants for admission to the European Union must accept the achievements to date. It includes: the content, principles and political objectives of the treaties; the legislation adopted in application of the treaties and the case law of the Court of Justice; the declarations and resolutions adopted by the Union; measures relating to the common foreign and security policy; measures relating to justice and home affairs; international agreements concluded by the Union and those concluded by the Member States between themselves in the field of the Union's activities. Derogations are exceptional and limited in scope. See also ACCESSION AGREEMENTS.