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European Union information and publications

Key sites

ECLAS - a bibliographic database consisting of ca. 350 000 completed catalogue records in the domain of European affairs ; about 7000 new records are added annually. Coverage goes back to the 1970's.

Europa - the European Union’s server, which is a gateway to its institutions, activities, services, and documents.

EU at a glance - basic information, facts, and figures about the EU and how it is organised, with links to more detailed information and other websites.

Guides and tutorials

Evaluating websites: a guide - hints on assessing the reliability of information you find on the Internet.

The web - a brief guide to finding information on the web. Includes links to the main search engines.

EU news and policies

EurActiv - Includes recent news stories, EU press releases, policy sections by subject, interviews and analysis and commentary.

Euobserver - News and opinion pieces about the EU.

Euroalert - Daily information about EU news, calls for proposals and EU programmes, and a selection of calls for tenders.

Europedia - based on the book by Nicholas Moussis entitled Access to European Union: law, economics, policies, it describes the evolution, law and institutions of the EC/EU and all the EU policies.

The Parliament Magazine - news, analysis, interviews on European Union affairs

VoxEurop - selected news items from 250 sources translated into 15 languages, with the aim of promoting public discussion on a wide range of issues relating to the EU.

Great Britain and the EU

Britain and the European Union - information on Britain’s relationship with and role in the EU, as interpreted by the UK’s Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Europe in the UK - general EU information, cultural news and events, and travel, study and work abroad

European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom - the Commission’s voice in the UK. Includes activities, events, and sources of information in the UK.

European integration

Archive of European Integration (AEI) - an electronic repository and archive for research materials on the topic of European integration and unification. Official European Community/European Union documents are included - for more detail, see the AEI Contents page. For direct access to the page for official European Community/European Union documents, go to Bibliographic Surveys of Select EU Documents.

European Integration Online Papers - peer-reviewed online journal of working papers in the field of European integration.

European Parliament guide - provides an overview of European integration and of the European Parliament's contribution to the process.


ABC of European Law - explanation of the European legal order published in 2010 (after the Lisbon Treaty). Addressed primarily to non-lawyers and tries to describe the treaties in terms intelligible to the layperson.

Court of Justice of the European Communities - all the case-law decided since 17 June 1997 in the Court of Justice, the General Court (formerly the Court of First Instance) and the Civil Service Tribunal. Earlier case-law is available on EUR-Lex.

EUR-Lex - includes full-text of treaties, regulations, directives, and other types of EU legislation. Includes direct access to the Official Journal of the European Union from 1998 onwards, and using the search functions prior to 1998, the Directory of Community legislation in force, Community legislation in preparation, and case law.

Summaries of EU legislation - the welcome page lists the summaries under A-Z by broad subject areas.

Public opinion

Eurobarometer - surveys and studies of public opinion in the European Union and in candidate countries.

Research and development

CORDIS - the Research and Development Information Service from the EU. Includes activities, funding, and the framework programmes.


Eurostat - primary source for free statistical data on the European Union, from the Statistical Office of the European Communities.

User support - Users can select the support centre of their choice according to their language preference.

Organisations & institutions

European Parliament - includes debates (in full-text since April 1996) activities, press releases, and subject documents. A RSS tool brings together news updates from various sources.

EU Whoiswho - electronic directory of the European institutions. Consultation can be made in three ways – by organisational entity, person, or rank. Telephone numbers are given; email addresses may be provided.

UACES - based in London, the University Association for Contemporary European Studies provides an independent forum for informed debate and discussion of European affairs. It is directly involved in promoting research and establishing teaching and research networks. There is a regular programme of conferences, workshops, and study groups. About a quarter of its membership is based outside of the UK

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