According to the terms of the Treaty (TEC) "In order to ensure the proper functioning and development of the common market, the Commission (…)formulate recommendations or deliver opinions on matters dealt with in this Treaty, if it expressly so provides or if the Commission considers it necessary."
Concretely recommendation can be used by the Commission in order to avoid a distortion of competition due to the establishment or the modification of internal norms of a Member State. If this country does not conform itself to this recommendation, the Commission cannot propose to the Council the adoption of a Directive directed to other Member Countries, in order to elide this distortion. The Recommendation is an instrument of indirect action aiming at the approach of legislation of Member States, differing from the Directive only by the absence of obligatory power.
EUR-LEX, European Union Law (http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/).
Recommendation 1/88 on the use of advisory police spotters recommends that police authorities discuss the possibilities of arranging for advisory plain-clothes policemen from visiting countries to assist local police forces on potential problems for the visiting supporters.
Recommendation 1/97 on the use of standard forms for the exchange of police intelligence concerning high risk sport events follows an initiative by the EuropeanUnion (Recommendation of 22 April 1996 on guidelines for preventing and restraining disorder connected with football matches) in order to prevent adoption of two different texts.
Recommendation 1/93 on measures to be taken by the organisers of football matches and public authorities provides a standard checklist of measures to be taken.
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