in general is a type of EU legislative instrument, but, in the Global Interoperability Framework (GIF), the term is used colloquially to denote the legislative, regulatory and governance requirements that surround a business network and the commercial environment, such as taxation procedures, the rules governing the interoperability exchange network itself, and a variety of other ‘rules’ such as those imposed by business actors, usually the trading parties, and by wider legislation covering privacy, contract law, and compliance with specific laws

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