European Studies: European Union
European Union Resources
Some resources are listed in other sections of this guide.
- How the EU Works
A quick overview.
- Europa – Official Documents from EU Institutions
Includes the Official Journal, along with documents of individual institutions, agencies, and other EU bodies.
- Official Journal of the European Union
The official compendium of EU legislation (L series) and other official documents of the EU institutions, bodies and agencies (C series and its supplements). It is published every day from Tuesday to Saturday in the official languages of the EU and is available in different formats. Covers 1952 to date. A search capability is provided: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/advanced-search-form.html?qid=1414164896677&action=update. Older paper versions are available, consult the catalog under Official Journal of the European Union. In addition: accessible from this site are EU law and related documents (treaties, legislation, etc.), national case law, legislative procedures, and directories, institutions and bodies, and summaries of EU legislation.
- European Parliament
This is the directly elected parliamentary organ of the EU. Along with the Council of Europe and the European Commission, it exercises the legislative functions of the EU. A search engine is provided.
Provides access to EU law and public documents. Collections include treaties, legislation in force, case law, and more. A search engine is provided.
- Council of the European Union
Also informally known as the EU Council, this is where national ministers from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies. A search engine is provided. Not to be confused with the Council of Europe http://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/home which is the continent's leading human rights organization. It includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union.
- European Commission
The Commission represents the interests of the EU as a whole. It proposes new legislation to the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, and it ensures that EU law is correctly applied by member countries.
Sources Reporting EU Activities
- Europa – EU Newsroom
The official site for EU press releases and easily browsed and searched. In addition to print, video, photo, and audio releases are available.
“The RAPID database contains all the Press Releases of the Commission since 1985, the great majority of them in at least two languages. It also contains Press Releases of some of the other European institutions, particularly the Council of the Union.”
An online media source on European affairs, which is easily browsed as well as searchable. Sections for topics ranging from Agriculture and Food to Health and Consumers to Trade and Society are further divided.
Originally published 5 December 2014 by Charles D’Aniello, Don Hartman, Cindi Tysick, & Dave Bertuca