European Documentation Centres are a network of information centres specialising in EU information established by the European Commission. A joint homepage for all the EDCs in Europe has now been set up. Europe Near You is a new service from Europa explaining the information networks available with directories and contact details.
A very useful introductory seminar on Decision-making in Europe has been provided by the EDC of the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands: it gives valuable help in finding and using European official documentation.
University of Mannheim EDC has a most impressive site, accessible in German and English, with subject guides to online sources and a comprehensive directory of EU information relays with links to all those centres with their own web pages.
The University of Catania's website, in Italian with some English translations, includes an interactive map of all EDCs in Europe with links to their websites.
Europe in the UK is a national online directory of sources of information on all aspects of the EU.
EUDUG (European Union Databases User Group) is a lobby group which aims to bring together the producers and end-users of specialist databases in EU research. The website includes details of commercial and free databases.
University of Exeter Library. All serials and monographs held by the European Documentation Centre are fully catalogued here. ECLAS the catalogue of the European Commission Library is now available online and is the best place to search for literature on Europe in all formats, including internet resources: access is free. Information about other official libraries is now available on the website of the Central Library. Docurama is a useful shortcut to the website, library and contact details of all European institutions. The European University Institute in Florence is a major centre for research on EU law and policy. Its catalogue is easy to use and the website contains a wide range of other useful material.
FLARE is a joint initiative by the major UK legal research libraries which provides information about holdings of European legal material and includes useful background articles.
The Jean Monnet Centre at Leeds includes useful subject bibliographies on current topics on its website, together with essential links to official sources.
RAVE (Research for articles in Public international and European law) is a comprehensive bibliography from Dusseldorf University of articles and judgments since 1995 in major English, French and German journals. Hypertext links are included to the full text of some documents.
European Integration Current Contents is a free service giving the contents of the major journals in European law and integration. It covers the most recent issues of over 50 titles in 8 languages and includes abstracts of some articles. SCAD Plus is a very useful source of information about EU policy and includes details of national legislation implementing directives.
EuroStudies, which forms part of Intute (formerlySOSIG, the Social Science Information Gateway) aims to provide access to high quality Internet resources on Europe, with especial emphasis on Central and Eastern Europe.
Europa's search facility allows a simultaneous search of all the EU's web servers.
Official Servers of European Institutions
EUROPA is the European Union's own information portal. Click on Activities for links to information on major policy areas and on Institutions for links to all the EU's official bodies and agencies. News links to press releases and calendar of official meetings. New information is continually being added, so check the What's new section. Europe Direct is a new direct information service based in the European Commission which will answer questions by telephone or e-mail or direct inquirers to other information sources.
The UK Representation homepage has addresses of all official EU information sources in Britain as well as press releases, Euromyths and online Policy briefs , useful summaries of major policy areas with links to relevant official sites.
The Bureau of Policy Advisers is a unit of the European Commission which reports directly to the President on a variety of issues, including economy and ethics. Many reports are available online in full text.
Europol , the European Police Office, is the European law enforcement organisation, primarily concerned with combatting organised crime, drug trafficking and fraud. Documents include the Europol Convention and annual reports. Eurodicautom "the translator's best friend on the web" is a useful service to provide equivalents of standard words in EU official languages and documents. The Translation Service of the Commission also has a very useful website.
IDEA is the online version of the Interinstitutional Directory of the European Union, searchable by name or by position. Access is free. Contacting the European Union lists the e-mail contacts for the institutions.
The Documents portal on Europa gives details of the publications of all the European institutions together with links to online versions. It includes green and white papers since 1996.
Publications Office (Office for Official Publications of the European Union) has just redesigned its website. In addition to the catalogue of official publications and a useful FAQ file it now provides access to other databases and to the text of the Official Journal.
The Bulletin of the EU is the authoritative report of the activities of the Commission and other EU institutions. Published 10 times a year in all Community languages (with a 3 to 4 month delay), all issues since 1996 are online. The site now has a useful search engine and links are included to all official documents mentioned where electronic versions are available.
The Charter of Fundamental Rights is available in a useful website including background material. Europarl has a valuable site which analyses the Charter article by article with links to international and European law on human rights.
The Lisbon strategy for economic, social and environmental renewal was first presented at the European Council in March 2000. All information relating to its progress appears on the Growth and jobs site.
The Sapir report (An agenda for a growing Europe: making the EU economic system deliver) was commissioned by Romano Prodi.
The text of all the European treaties is available on Eur-Lex . More information about Treaties and law is available on Europa.
The European Convention was set up after the Laeken European Council to provide a public forum on the future of the European Union. It produced the text of the Draft Constitutional Treaty, which is available here. An alternative version of the Constitutional Treaty has been made available online by University of Kent's Centre for Europe.
The History of European Integration site at the University of Leiden contains a wide range of historical documents in full text and links to all the major international organizations involved in Europe.
Wikipedia , the free encyclopedia, has extensive articles about the European Union, its institutions and policies.
Eur-Lex is the European Commission's legal portal. It gives free access to: the complete text of all secondary legislation in force (searchable by subject and by document number); the treaties and other international agreements; the case-law of the Court of Justice; the consolidated legislation database and the contents of the Official Journal (in PDF) since 1998. The full text of Commission documents (COM) is also included. CELEX the EC's original legal database, is still available, although it has not been updated since 2004. It has been largely superseded by Eur-Lex. Access is free: follow the instructions to log on.
Curia, the Court of Justice web site, links to all language versions of the Proceedings (weekly summaries of judgments and opinions) since September 1996 and the full text of recent judgments and opinions, since June 1997, searchable by case number and by name. An index to all the published reports in case number order is also now available. The Court's site also includes a database of judgments relating to the Brussels and Lugano Conventions, with the text of the Conventions and a comprehensive list of Institutional and legal internet sites.
Legislative observatory (OEIL) is part of the European Parliament server and provides up to date information on the position of draft legislation in its progress through the European institutions. Prelex is a similar service on Europa. Since 2002 assessments have been made of the economic, social and environmental effects of all new legislation proposed by the Commission.The Impact assessment website lists proposals since 2003 (COM documents) alongside their assessments (SEC documents).
Application of Community law is a Commission site giving information about infringements, implementation and state aids decisions. It also includes the text of the annual reports since 1998.
The EFTA Surveillance Authority is responsible for the application of EC law in the European Economic Area. Its site includes the AIDA database, which provides details of national application.
Eulisnet, a comprehensive guide to European law for law students and practitioners, has been compiled by Yves Conrad of Louvain EDC. It is available in English, French and German.
European law monitor is a commercial site with extensive details of the EU legislative processes, and specific information on actual proposals. Subscribers have access to alerting services and lobbying information.
The Competition Directorate's home page has texts of all EC competition legislation and decisions.
The Consumer law page of the DG for Health and Consumer Affairs includes CLAB Europa, an EC database of case law on unfair terms in commercial contracts. The Commission on European Contract Law homepage has the full text of the proposals of the Lando Commission for the harmonisation of European contract law. A very useful website on the Rome Convention on contractual obligations with all relevant documents, cases and bibliography, has been set up by the Academy of European Law
Copyright law in the EU and US is comprehensively covered by the European Copyright User Platform. Compiled by EBLIDA under the EC's Libraries Programme it is particularly useful for information specialists.
ELIXIR (European Lawyers' Information eXchange & Internet Resource) based at the University of Birmingham has exetensive information about the legal profession in the member states as well as EC law in general.
Parliament magazine is a fortnightly discussion magazine about European institutions and policies.
A number of research institutes and think-tanks publish papers on aspects of European policy. European Research Papers Archive is a searchable joint access point to 9 major series of online research papers, currently including over 700 titles. Other organisations which publish working papers include:
Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) in Munich is a useful source (in German) of information about European current affairs with downloadable research papers and links to articles from the world press.
EU Press Room on the Europa server has daily press releases and details of meetings of all the European institutions. It includes the RAPID database which archives most official press releases since 1985. It is fully searchable.
Inforegio is the web site of the Directorate-General for Regional Policy. It gives details of all EU programmes which support the regions of the EU. Information about NUTS (Nomenclature of regional statistical units) is available from Eurostat. A critique by Paul Treanor on the EU and Council of Europe's proposals is also available.
Local Government International Bureau is a good source of information on UK local authorities involvement in Europe and includes European Information Service (in part subscription-only).
Euromosaic reports on the status of minority languages throughout the EU. The site is based in Catalonia and is available in Catalan, English and French. Mercator-Education gives links and information about the use of minority languages in Europe and includes a database of national legislation concerning language. Language futures Europe is an excellent site from Paul Treanor on EU language policy. European minority languages is an exhaustive collection of online resources.
Rural development projects are led by the LEADER+ programme; its site links to the archives of the LEADER I and II programmes.
The European Commission's Enlargement site contains all reports on the candidate countries with links to national sites. The site includes archives of documents relating to the fifth enlargement in 2004. Agenda 2000 has details of the original programme for enlargement of the EU from 1999. Europarl's site Enlargement of the EU archives Council and Parliament decisions as well as Briefing notes on individual applicant countries.
A very comprehensive dossier on EU-Turkish relations has been compiled by Eduard Soler i Lecha of the Observatory of European Foreign Policy.
Your Europe is a multilingual service of the Europa server designed to provide general information on the internal market for citizens and business..
TED (Tenders Electronic Daily) is a free service from the European Commission providing a searchable database of calls for tender for public service contracts advertised in the Supplement to the Official Journal. SIMAP is an information service on public procurement in the single market with useful links to the text of legislation and international agreements. Tenders on the web is a subscription service which also provides the text of relevant directives. Tenders Direct allows free searches by subject area. The network of Euro Info Centres help small businesses search for tenders and partners, as well as other information requests. Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission deals with external trade policy with North America, the Far East and Australasia. It also hosts the Market Access Database which contains details of world trade agreements (including GATS) and their importance to EU businesses.
EU Business is a leading website for news and information aimed at businesses and decision-makers.
The American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU) site is a useful source of current information on business and legislation. Although some of the information is only available to subscribers, a significant amount is free. Eurochambres is the leading representative body for European business. Its website links to the chamber of commerce network in Europe and includes the text of documents relating to European policy. The European Business Register contains on line company information from the official register in several European countries (excluding the UK).
CORDIS (Community Research and Development Information Service) provides information about the Community's research and development information service and the CORDIS databases. It includes details of all current research programmes and has archive sites for earlier programmes. A special site is devoted to the Sixth Framework Programme. Bio-society deals with socio-economic research in the life sciences and the implications of biotechnology.
Innovation Relay Centres are an official network set up by Cordis to to advise organisations - especially small businesses - on technology and innovation.
The Joint Research Centre of the EC consists of seven separate institutes, each with a web presence. The Environment Institute at Ispra in Italy and the IPTS (Institute for Prospective Technological Studies) in Spain currently provide the most information online.
Space law is now covered extensively by the European Centre for Space Law set up by the European Space Agency. Arianespace is a well-illustrated site with full details of the Ariane European space programme.
Students & Education
AEGEE is a European students' association which organises international congresses and summer universities. There are links from this site to other sources of student information.
The Directorate-General for Education and Training of the European Commission is responsible for all EC programmes in the field of education, including SOCRATES and Leonardo da Vinci.
Eurydice is a server established by DG Education to provide information about education in the European Union. The English Eurydice site is maintained by NFER and is a useful source of news items on all aspects of education in the EU.
Eurodesk is a European information network for programmes in education, training and youth. Their site includes a searchable database of programmes and contacts.
ECSA (European Communities Studies Association) is an international network of teachers and researchers in European integration based on 49 national associations. UACES (University Association for Contemporary European Studies) is the British association. Euristote is a university research database on European integration which is part of the Jean Monnet Project. EUSA (European Union Studies Association) is a communication network established by the EC university information unit to stimulate collaboration between academics researching European integration. The Electronic Training Village is a new venture from CEDEFOP (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) which aims to provide an opportunity to share information about training in Europe.
European Schoolnet is a fascinating collection of information about European cooperative projects in teaching. FORNET aims to bring together researchers on the European Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy and will include news, bibliographic details and a discussion forum.
Funders Online is a very useful source of information for students seeking funding for courses.