European Union Resources
The Government Information Library is an official depository of the European Union (EU).
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Official European Union information web sites
The EU has four key institutions: the European Council, the Council of the European Union (Council), European Commission (Commission), European Parliament
(Parliament), and the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The EU currently has 27 members: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, and United Kingdom.
- Europa: European Commission's principal server, offering general information on the European
Union's goals and policies. Highlights of Europa include:
- EU Institutions
An introductory overview of the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission, the Court of Justice, and other institutions. Refer to the Alphabetical index for subject access to the responsibilities of the Departments.
- European Union External Action
An information portal on the external relations of the EU with information on foreign policies, enlargement of the EU, humanitarian aid, external trade, development policy, and external cooperation programs.
Information on the Euro, the European Union single currency.
- Official Documents
These include Green and White Papers, reports, communications, memorandums, action plans, guidelines, and work programs, and the RAPID press release database.
- Statistical Office of the European Union (EUROSTAT)
This site includes statistical information on the European Union.
- EU Institutions
- European Environment Agency
- European Parliament
This site provides access to information about the activities of the parliament and other information.
- European Union: Delegation of the European Commission to the United States
This site offers information about researching business in the European Union, the relationship between the European Union and the United States, and other information. See especially:
- Office for Official Publications of the European Communities:
Access to issues of the Official Journal C and Official Journal L from 1998 to the present, Treaties, Directory of Community Legislation in Force, commission proposals (preparatory acts), and case law.
- TED--Tenders Electronic Daily
The electronic version of the Supplement to the Official Journal that contains details on public contracts of the EU and related institutions.
Information on Research and Development sponsored and supported by the European Union.
- Market Access Database - European Union
This Database is a service provided by DG Trade, European Commission. It is free, interactive, easy to use and provides information about market access conditions in non-EU countries; trade flows between the EU and non-EU countries; and market access related studies referring to geographical areas, selected business sectors or relevant horizontal issues.
We receive paper copies of many Eurostat (Statistical Office of the EU) publications. In addition, Eurostat publications are included in the Index to International Statistics collection housed in our department. An index to that collection is available online from ProQuest Statistical Insight CU, which contains these materials full-text from 2009 forward, for prior materials ask for microfiche at the Research desk.
A single entry point to the complete collections of EU legal texts, including CELEX, PreLex, Oeil, and other sources. Provides separate search pages for the Official Journal, Treaties, Legislation, Legislation in Preparation, Case-Law, and Documents of Public Interest. Browse or search collections by date, publication number, page number, or keyword in the full text. In addition, the site includes a glossary of terms, an overview of EU legal procedure, and descriptions of the key institutions. The following sites are included:
A database containing information on Commission proposals from 1975 to the present, with citations to COM documents, the Official Journal, the Bulletin of the European Union, documents of the European Parliament, press releases. Electronic copies of COM documents from 2000 onwards are available from EUR-Lex and PreLex.
- Court of Justice (ECJ) and Court of First Instance of the
European Communities includes institutional overview, diary, daily proceedings, and recent judgments in full text.
- Note: The European Union has renumbered all of its founding treaties. This has implications for finding cited provisions of the treaties and locating references in EUR-Lex. See the ECJ press release which discusses renumbering of the treaties and the uniform system of citation adopted by the Court in its recent judgments. "A concordance between old and new treaty numbers, covering the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community, was published as a center insert in OJ C 122 of 1999."
- European Parliament:
- Legislative Observatory
A database which includes status of legislation in progress, with commentary on parliamentary actions, citations to documents, and selected full text documents.
- Sèance a Direct
The current debates on the floor of parliament. Debate is first transcribed in the so-called "Rainbow" edition which may be edited and corrected before final official publication in the Official Journal of the European Communities (Annex): Debates of the European Parliament.
- Legislative Observatory
- Summaries of legislation
This site includes explanatory information about EU policies and programmes by topic.
- Amsterdam: A New Treaty for Europe
The text of the treaty of European Union in various formats, citizen's guide, and consolidated versions of earlier European Union Treaties.
- Treaty of Nice
"The Treaty of Nice marks a new stage in the preparations for enlargement of the European Union to include countries of central and eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and the Baltic. This Treaty, which amends the existing Treaties, will enter into force once it has been ratified by all the Member States, by parliamentary vote or referendum." Signed by heads of government on Feb. 26, 2001. The site provides the text of the treaty, background information, ratification status, and other information.
- Treaties and Law
This is a guide to the major treaties of the European Union.
- Amsterdam: A New Treaty for Europe
- The ABC of Community Law
Written for the layperson by Dr. Klaus-Dieter Borchardt.
- European Parliament Fact Sheets
These sheets provide "non-specialists with a general view of the process of European integration".
- Guide to European Legal Databases
This guide includes sections on the EU and individual European nations.
- Guide to Materials in Our Collection
This guide contains call numbers and locations for materials in the CU collections.
- Inside Europe
The BBC guide to the European Union. Includes a glossary of terms.
- Standards Setting in the European Union
A guide to standards from the European Union.
- State Department Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Scope of the CU Collection
Up until 2000, we received most of the European Union's widely-distributed publications in hard copy. We receive the Official Journal (OJ), indices to the OJ, and COM documents (commission proposals, green papers, and white papers) on microfiche. Some OJ and COM material is available online. See the "Law, Case Law, and Proposed Legislation" area of this page for details.
After 1989, most publications are catalogued in Chinook the online catalog of the University Libraries.
- COM documents:
Print: 1969 (no. 925) to 1996 (no. 721) in print at 1000 E19 C371
Microfiche: 1983 to 2002 at 1000 E 19 C371
Online: 2001 to the present, Register of Commission Documents
Use "A citation manual for European Community materials." Fordham International Law Journal, v. 19 (Feb. '96), p. 1317-34, for help in unraveling EU citations. See also the Note on citations to the treaties.
- EU Business
This news site includes information on EU law, business developments, finance, EU programs by industry sector, current awareness for Commission proposals, progress reports on draft legislation, country-specific information, information on doing business in EU countries, and other features.
- EU RAPID
Official database for press releases of the European Union.
- European Voice Online
A weekly newspaper that includes the top ten stories of the week and a diary of upcoming events. Additional information available with a subscription.
Includes Wall Street Journal Europe in full text.
Index to EU Policy Areas
Library catalog of the Central Library of the European Commission. The catalog includes citations to articles published in periodicals, official publications, international documents, internet resources, full-text publications, and other materials from a variety of sources.
- Indexes of
Debates--European Parliament (1984-1999)
The index contains separate lists of adopted texts, debates, subjects, index of names, and addressee for each resolution. Available as .pdf files. To interpret the index, read the "Note to the reader.
Furthermore, the Publications Office offers a number of online services giving free access to information on EU law (EUR-Lex), EU publications (EU Bookshop), EU public procurement (TED), and EU research and development (CORDIS).
- European Journal of International Law
A "database on the education systems in the European Union and in the countries of the European Economic Area."
- European Monetary Institute
Includes speeches, policy papers, links to national banks, and other information.
- European Research Papers Archive.
A "online working paper series in the field of European integration research". Provides a gateway to :
- European Integration Online Papers, a peer reviewed series on European Integration.
- Harvard Jean Monnet Working Papers Series
- Other materials.
- EU Page from University of California at Berkeley.
- Taric s.a. Centro de Documentación y Gestión de Comercio Exterior
This site provides access to the tariff schedules of the European Union. Although much of the site is only available in Spanish, the site provides an English edition of the tariff database.