A quick update on the progress of the new Directives. 

It is anticipated they will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union on28 March 2014, meaning that they will then come into force on 17 April 2014

Following the Directives coming into force, each EU member state will then have 2 years to implement them in national legislation. The Directives provide member states with some discretion in relation to whether or how particular provisions are implemented. The Cabinet Office has already issued various discussion papers in relation to these provisions. It remains the Government’s intention to transpose the new Directives quickly.