European Union, European Commission
Research (NYU Law Library)
START HERE if you are researching the European Union,
especially for law-related research. Decide what type of material
you need (Treaties, legislation, scholarly books and articles,
general information about the EU, etc.), and this guide will point
you to the relevant information sources and official EU documents, whether in print or online. It has links to databases of EU
law and to many websites, including the websites of the major EU
European Union Information
By the Office of Press and Public Affairs of the Delegation of the
European Commission in Washington, DC. It provides links
to primary sources as well as to secondary sources.
Western Europe & the European Union Information Sources
Quick List of European Union databases:
Archive of European Integration
The AEI is an electronic repository and archive for research
materials on the topic of European integration and unification. The
goal is to collect research materials - working papers, policy
papers, conference papers, small monographs, pre-prints, etc. - on
this topic both for current use and for permanent archiving.
of the European Union
The formerly Bulletin of the European Communities is useful
for tracking the legislative process and gathering citations to
documents. For more information visit European
Foreign Policy Bulletin (1985 -present).
Celex Web Service
Free of charge. It includes the full text of legislation
published in the Official Journal of the European Communities in the
L Series and the citations to information in the C Series.
The texts of WESTLAW and LexisNexis documents are enhanced with the
same cross-references as the documents in CELEX.
The CELEX website is no longer updated since 1
January 2005; it can be used to search for documents dated before 31
December 2004. Users are invited to use
new EUR-Lex website (http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/lex), which
incorporates the CELEX features and provides free and easy access in
20 languages to the largest documentary database on EU law.
Commission of the European Community
Union's executive body, the Commission manages policies and
negotiates international trade and cooperation agreements. Directorates-General
and Services, set up the the internal market and information
Legislation and Index
Council of the European
Access to Documents: Public Register of Documents, Common Foreign
and Security Policy, and Justice and Home Affairs.
- Court of Justice
and Court of First Instance
Has unofficial texts (released ahead of the print versions). Under
Recent case-law, the texts of cases since mid-1997 are searchable by
case number, name, date, words, and broad subjects. Under Numerical
access to case-law are cases back to the beginning of the Court, but
texts before mid-1997 are not searchable. The following online
finding tools are under construction and cover limited years and
languages:Research and Documentation; Digest of Community Case-Law;
Alphabetical Index of subject matter; Annotations of the judgments
(by legal commentators); Recent Case Law; Numerical Access.
of the European Commission Libraries. ECLAS lists books, articles
(including the articles formerly listed in SCAD), documents, and
It provides news and activities by sectors of
(agriculture, competition, etc.). You can find texts of or citations
to the treaties, legislation in force, legislation in preparation,
recent case law, the Directorates-General and EU agencies, and other
sources of information. There are links to institutions websites, to
official documents, EUR-Lex, Bulletin of the European Union
(monthly), General Report (annual), European Council, Presidency
EUR-Lex The portal to European Union law
As the one-stop portal to
law, it is a great place to start, but it does not contain all
documents for earlier years.
legislation are not enhanced with all the CELEX cross-references to related documents that
WESTLAW and Lexis/Nexis provide.
EUR-Lex contains treaties, the Official Journal L, C and C-E Series in PDF back
to Jan. 1, 1998, Legislation in Force (html, not PDF) accessible
through the Directory of Community Legislation in Force; Legislation
in preparation, including COM documents and other preparatory
documents; Case law: ECJ, plus links to Court of the EFTA and
European Court of Human Rights; Parliamentary questions; Documents
of public interest, including white papers and green papers. To
check directives implementation, have your directive on
screen then click on "bibliographic notice" and "display the
national implementation measure".
provides links to:
Pre-Lex and Oeil for tracking
Other EU document sources, such as
the Parliament, the Court of Justice, and websites of Member States
Word searching (click on Help for searching instructions)
of plain text words
in the documents and web pages in EUR-Lex only
All=search by document number, words,
date, and language across all documents or in a file (e.g.,O.J.).
Results lists may include documents
not available in EUR-Lex.
Statistical Office of the European Communities. Its task is to
provide statistics that
enable comparisons between countries and regions.
The free electronic publications are only in pdf
format. Clients who want data in excel or other formats for
manipulation still need to pay a Eurostat Data Shop for the
extraction. There is also another free source for trade data by
country/product on the
Trade Market Access Database.
An online weekly newspaper which reports and analyzes the activities
of the Commission, Parliament and Council of Ministers and also
covers European business and industry news.
OEIL The Legislative Observatory
The database contains plenary sessions, verbatim reports (April
1996-); reports (July 1994-);minutes, July 1994-; texts adopted
Legislative Dossiers. Tracks legislative proposals (1994-) and
provides citations to related documents.
European Research Papers Archive (ERPA )
The Archives include over 200 online papers in the field of European
integration research, published under the auspices of the following
institutions: the Harvard Jean Monnet Chair; the European University
Institute (EUI, Florence); the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of
Societies (Cologne); ARENA (Oslo); the European Integration
online Papers (EIoP)
IATE--the Inter-Active Terminology for Europe
It is the terminology/translation database system used by the
institutions of the European Union since 2004. IATE incorporates
many legacy databases, including the well-known multilingual EURODICAUTOM,
the European Commission's terminology system dating back to the
Information Society Project
ISPO aims to promote cooperation and development in the various
areas of the Information Society. ISPO acts as a bridge builder
between Commission Services and external organizations interested in
the Information Society.
Main Menu EU & Legal Journals Index
Legal database with fast, easy, intuitive access to the law.
Offers a unique range of information from case law to legislation.
A database on national law in experimental stage. Check also for
the Institutional and Legal Internet Sites.
To see how the enlargement countries have implemented
their own legislation
legislation in preparation on a topic
and related preparatory acts. and is monitoring the decisions-making
process. Tracks legislative proposals
(1975-) and provides citations to related documents. Links allow the user to reach the electronic available
texts, COM documents, Official Journal, Bulletin of the European
Union, documents of the European Parliament, press releases.
OEIL from the EU Parliament tracks also the progress of
The Spokesman's Service of the European Commission press releases. In order to access, use the username -guest
and the password -guest. Publishes daily press releases on
Contains summaries about major policy areas with legislative
follow-up, a list of legislation in force, and citations to national
For a subject approach, browse the summaries of legislation. The
fact sheets provide summaries with links to full text and follow up
and legislative proposals. See the updates on
EU Commissions home pages.
of Amsterdam: A Comprehensive Guide
Could be also found on Europa's servers.
Treaty of Nice
Housed in The Commission database, includes the text, explanatory
summaries, ratification status, and background documents for the
preparation of the Intergovernmental Conference. The Parliament
has a site on the Intergovernmental Conference
with background documents.