Consolidation of legislation - formal/official
Formal or official consolidation of legislation involves adopting a new legal instrument, published in the Official Journal (L series), which incorporates and repeals the instruments being consolidated (basic instrument + amending instrument(s)) without altering their substance. It can be:
- vertical: the new instrument incorporates the basic instrument and instruments amending it into a single instrument;
- horizontal: the new instrument incorporates several parallel basic instruments - and amendments thereto - relating to the same matter into a single instrument.