Category Archives: EUR-Lex

Help using EUR-Lex

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EUR-Lex is the official database for accessing EU law.  Free to use, it is available in 24 languages and includes treaties, legislation, international agreements, preparatory acts, case law and parliamentary questions. It gives direct access to the Official Journal of the European Union.

An e-learning module is available to help you use and get the most out of EUR-Lex.

The module, which takes two hours to complete, can be done as a whole or you can select only the sections that are relevant to you. The module looks at:

  • finding EU law through ‘Quick search’, ‘Advanced search’ and ‘Find results by’ search options on the EUR-Lex homepage
  • discovering ways to edit and refine your searches
  • accessing documents in multiple languages, and finding legal information about documents and legislative procedures
  • accessing the Official Journal, preparatory acts and EU case-law
  • understanding EUR-Lex’s content and structure, including how to form CELEX numbers
  • browsing EU law through the directories of legislation and EuroVoc
  • pointing out the advantages of being a EUR-Lex registered user.

Still having difficulty with EUR-Lex come and see us in the Taylor Library.



Eur-Lex Newsletter

eurlexThe latest edition of the EUR-Lex newsletter is now available.  The August edition highlights some improvements made to the site e.g. legislation results lists now include ‘No longer in force’ and ‘Not yet in force’, in addition to ‘In force’, clarifying the legal status of the documents concerned.  They are colour-coded: green – in force; yellow – not yet in force and red – no longer in force.

To keep up-to-date with changes to EUR-Lex you can subscribe to the newsletter. In addition short video tutorials for EUR-Lex are available here.  We have also produced our own short guide.


EUR-Lex February 2017 newsletter


The latest edition of the EUR-Lex Newsletter is available now. This issue contains information on the new version of EUR-Lex which went live in January this year . In addition it contains information on the new package on Migration and Security as well as the #EURLextip.

If you’d like to subscribe to the newsletter and receive each issue by email, there is a subscription link within the document.

EUR-Lex have a YouTube channel with several tutorial videos. See playlist below.

EUR-Lex – tip

A new feature on EUR-Lex  will be of interest to anyone following an EU legislative procedure closely.  There is a now an option in “My EUR-Lex account” enabling you to follow legislative procedures via RSS.  Just click on the “Follow this procedure” button in the “procedure view” to create a custom RSS feed that will alert you whenever a new event has been added.

EUR-Lex accounts are free and easy to set up. Just click on the “Register” button on the top right of the Eur-Lex homepage.

Find out more about RSS feeds on EUR-Lex here or have a look at this short tutorial, but keep in mind that it was produced before the new feature was added.

Summaries of EU Legislation

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The EU Publications Office maintains a Summaries of EU Legislation page on the EUR-Lex site. It provides straight-forward and easily navigable explanations of the main aspects of EU legislation, policies and activities. Included in the 32 topics covered on the site are: agriculture, education, environment, human rights and justice. There is a search function allowing you to search within summaries. Currently there is a short user survey being run for those interested in providing some feedback.

The library documentation team and the EDC have produced a short information guide to EUR-Lex.

Using EUR-Lex – help is available

EUR-Lex is the official EU database for accessing  EU law.   It is available in 24 languages and includes treaties, legislation, international agreements, preparatory acts,  case law and parliamentary questions. It also gives access to the Official Journal of the European Union.

Help on using the different search options and features on EUR-Lex is available by watching these informative online tutorials.  We have also produced our own guide.

However if you are just looking for someplace where EU is explained for a general audience in a concise and jargon-free language a good place to start is here.

Here is an example of one of the online tutorials.  Why not have a look.

The Info-Europa Newsletter has been Discontinued: Here are some alternative sources of European Information

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Last October we told you about a useful source of EU information called Info-Europa, a weekly newsletter that collated the latest information on EU legislation and proposed legislation. It was put together by Patrick Overy, who is based at the European Documentation Centre at the University of Exeter. Sadly this newsletter is being discontinued after 420 issues as the London Office of the European Commission which hosts this newsletter is re-designing its website and will no longer be able to host it in future.
An annual roundup of publications from 2015 based on last year’s newsletters is now available on Exeter’s EDC pages. Find it here. This list of official publications is categorised by subject and contains all major Commission documents in the following series: COM(Commission), JOIN (Joint Action), SEC (Secretariat) and SWD (Staff working document), together with a selection of major new pieces of legislation and press releases from the RAPID  database and publications from other EU agencies, including the European Environment Agency and Eurostat.
The format of Info-europa is based on the Spanish newsletter still being produced weekly by Alfonso Moreira of the European Documentation Centre at the University of Valencia . To subscribe send an e-mail to or contact

A good way to keep update is a source we have mentioned before from the European Documentation Centre at the University if Cardiff, European Sources Online, which updates information on a daily basis.

And here are some other sources we haven’t mentioned before:

The Letter from the Robert Schuman Foundation, published in five languages (French, English, German, Spanish and Polish);

Statewatch which monitors all aspects of civil liberties and human rights in Europe. Regular newsletters are mailed to subscribers. The service is free to use but donations are welcome to support their work;

Barcelona’s European Documentation Centre publishes a regular Newsletter  in Catalan, now also available in other European languages: Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese and German. The newsletter categorises information from institutional and independent sources in 22 subject areas. To receive regular alerts go to the subscription page, enter your email, select language and click subscribe;

And finally, The Eurojargon blog by Eric Davies.

Why not have a look!


Reminder the old EUR-Lex website is being shut down


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EUR-Lex previous version: no longer available after the new year.

We told you last month that the old version of EUR-Lex will close on the 31st of December.


If you have hyperlinks in your work referring to the old website, please be aware there will be no automatic redirection between the old site and the current one. You will need to replace them with links leading to the new version of EUR-Lex.

If you need help using EUR-Lex The Publications Office has a YouTube channel with a number of useful EUR-Lex tutorial videos on it including this tongue in cheek one below.

In addition we have produced a guide to help you.


Old Version of EUR-lex to Close in December

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EUR-Lex previous version: no longer available after the new year.

Having provided access to both the old and new versions since the new one was rolled out earlier this year, EUR-lex have recently announced that the old version will be taken down permanently on 31st December 2015. Any links to the old site will not work after that date.

The Publications Office has a YouTube channel with a number of useful EUR-Lex tutorial videos on it. See below for an explanation of the Advanced Search feature.