My EUR-Lex

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My EUR-Lex is your personal space on EUR-Lex, where you can:

  • save items such as legislative documents or procedures
  • save searches
  • create personalised RSS feeds.

A non‑registered user can save a limited number of items and searches, but they are deleted once the browser window is closed. When signed in, a My EUR‑Lex user can save them indefinitely (provided you are an active user).

The My EUR‑Lex box on the right-hand side of every page lets you register as a user, sign in or out, update your user preferences and view saved searches, items and RSS feeds.

1. My items

My items provides fast, easy access to your saved items:

  1. In the My EUR-Lex box on the right‑hand side of the page, click on My items. The number in brackets shows how many saved items you have.
  2. A list of folders is displayed:
    • Registered users see all folders they have created.
    • Non‑registered users see only the default folder they've created during their current session or no folder.
  3. Click on the name of a folder.
  4. The list of items is displayed:
    • Registered users will see the items and related information which they specified in their user preferences.
    • Non‑registered users will see the items together with default information.
  5. In this list, you have several choices:
    • Display an item
    • Export or print items
    • Go back to the folder list by clicking on Back to folders list.

Delete items from the list or send them by e-mail. 

1.1. Add an item to My EUR-Lex (registered users)

You can add items to My EUR-Lex either from the list of search results or from the item itself.

As a registered user, you can also specify the exact folder in My items where the item should be added. Not registered? Click here.

Saving from the search results

  1. Select one or more items in the search results, by ticking the box to the left of the item's title.
  2. Click  (Save to My Items) in the box under Search results at the top of the page (NOTE: you may have to scroll up to see the disk icon).
  3. A window opens asking in what folder you wish to save the item. You can choose between:
    • Add new folder (name cannot match that of an existing folder). You can enter a comment in the corresponding field.
    • the default folder.
    • an existing folder.
  4. Click on Save to confirm.

Saving while viewing an item

  1. While viewing an item, click  (Save to My Items).
  2. A window opens asking in what folder you wish to save the item. You can choose between:
    • Add new folder (name cannot match that of an existing folder). You can enter a comment in the corresponding field.
    • the default folder.
    • an existing folder.
  1. Click on Save to confirm.

How to view your items.

1.2. Delete items and folders

You can save up to 100 items to My EUR‑Lex. This means that sometimes you'll need to delete old items to make space for new ones.

Deleting items

  1. Open a list of items in a folder and select one or more by:
    • ticking the box to the left of the item's title or
    • clicking Select all in the upper right‑hand corner of the item list.
  2. Click Delete selected in the upper left‑hand corner of the list.
  3. A window opens asking whether you wish to delete the selected item(s). Click Delete to confirm.

Deleting a folder and its contents

  1. Open the list of folders and select one or more by:
    • ticking the box on the far right, opposite the folder name or
    • clicking Select all in the upper right‑hand corner of the item list.
  2. Click Delete selected.
  3. A window opens asking whether you wish to delete the selected item(s). Click Delete to confirm.

If JavaScript is not enabled in your browser, you won't be able to delete multiple items or folders using checkboxes (you'll have to delete each individually by clicking Delete and confirming every time). Read how to enable JavaScript.

1.3. Send items by e-mail

You can e‑mail links to items in your folders.

  1. Open the list of items in a folder and select one or more by:
    • ticking the box to the left of the item's title or
    • clicking Select all in the upper right‑hand corner of the item list.
  2. Click Send selected by e-mail in the upper left‑hand corner of the list.
  3. A new e-mail opens: the subject field is filled in automatically, and a link to the item filled with a default subject and links to items in its body text. You can change any of this information before sending the e-mail.

1.4. Print items

For any saved item, you can print the text and metadata.

  1. Go to the saved items within a specific folder.
  2. Click Print icon next to the items you want to print. A window opens asking you to select the metadata you wish to have displayed in your printout.
    • If you have saved your preferences in a print profile, you can load one of the saved profiles from the drop‑down menu. The default profile in your preferences is selected by default here as well. Once you have chosen a profile, it is loaded and if needed you can change the saved information.
    • If you don't have any saved print preferences, you can directly choose the information you need.
  3. You can change the information of the following fields:
    •  Print format: Format of the printed version.
    •  Metadata to display: The metadata you choose in this section are displayed in addition to the text of the item.
  4. You can choose a type of metadata by ticking the box to its left. Metadata are grouped into different categories. You can either select a single element in a group or tick the box next to the group title to automatically select all elements within.
    To collapse a group so that its elements are not displayed, click on the icon next to the title. The Simple selection tree contains a small number of common metadata. Under Advanced selection, you can choose from all available metadata. Note that some metadata are not clickable: they are displayed automatically and cannot be deselected.
  5. Click on the Print button to confirm your choices.
  6. A print-ready text is displayed which you can then print (launch the printing in your browser's menu).

 

1.5. Create a search from your items

You can create a search for any of your My items folders. In a next step, you can even create personalised RSS feeds to stay informed about any changes that occur in those items.

  1. Open My Items via the My EUR-Lex menu.
  2. Find the row containing the folder(s) you wish to create a search for.
  3. Click the  Create search for folder icon.
  4. Specify a unique name (compulsory) and a comment (optional) for the search.
  5. Click on Save and a new search is added to the list in My Searches/My saved searches.
  6. If you want to create an RSS feed for your saved search, consult the help page on this topic.

This search will return the current contents of the folder only: If you add items to the folder at a later time, this search will only be able to find the original items.

Warning The number of searches you can save to My EUR-Lex is limited to 50. When you reach this limit, you will need to delete some searches to make space for new ones.

1.6. Edit folder information

You can edit the name and comment of your folders:

  1. Click the icon Edit Folder Information next to the folder you want to edit.

Type any changes in the Name and/or Comment fields and click Save.

2. My searches

The right‑hand menu gives you quick access to your saved searches. From there, you can create personalised RSS feeds based on a saved search or re-run saved searches.

How to access My searches

  1. Click My searches in the My EUR-Lex box. The number in brackets shows the number of saved searches.
  2. A page opens listing your saved and recent searches (plus the date of your last search, number of results, search scope and language used).

From this page, you can do the following:

  • view searches
  • perform, edit or delete searches
  • set searches as RSS feeds
  • save a recent search
  • combine searches
  • import expert searches from the previous version of EUR-Lex.

 

2.1. Save your search

You can save searches into My EUR-Lex from either the search results or My recent searches:

Saving from the search results page

  1. Click  (Save to My searches) at the top of the results page. 
  2. In the window that opens, type a unique name for your search (compulsory) and any comment (optional).
  3. Click Save to confirm.
  4. The search is saved, together with information on its scope, number of hits, date and language used. You will be able to view it at any time from My EUR-Lex.

Saving from My recent searches

  1. Go to My searches.
  2. Under My recent searches, find the search you wish to save and click  (Save to My searches – far right of the screen, opposite the search name).
  3. In the window that opens, type a unique name for the search (compulsory) and any comment (optional).
  4. Click Save to confirm.
  5. The search is saved and appears in My searches.

2.2. Delete your search

The number of searches you can save to My EUR-Lex is limited to 50. Sometimes you'll need to delete old searches to make space for new ones:

  1. Click My searches to open your list of saved searches. Mark a search for deletion by ticking the checkbox (far right of the screen, opposite the search name) or Select all ( upper right‑hand corner).
  2. Click Deleted selected (upper left‑hand corner).
  3. Click Delete in the window that opens.

Warning JavaScript is not enabled in your browser, you won't be able to delete multiple items or folders using checkboxes (you'll have to delete each individually by clicking Delete and confirming every time). Read how to enable JavaScript.

2.3. Edit your search

If you want to change a recent or saved search, you can use the Edit search option.

Warning You cannot edit a search performed using the Quick search box in the upper right‑hand corner of the screen.

  1. Click on My searches.
  2. Click  (Edit search for advanced searches) or  (Edit search for expert searches) next to the saved or recent search you want to edit.
  3. Make the necessary changes in the search screen that appears with your original search criteria.
  4. Run the search again by clicking Search.
  5. If you want to save the edited search under a new name, click  (Save search) in your search result.

2.4. Re-run saved or past searches

You can re-run a saved or recent search with just one click.

  1. Click My searches.
  2. Click  (Perform Search) next to the search you wish to run.
  3. The search results are displayed.

Warning Because EUR-Lex is updated with new items every day, when you re‑run a search, the results may differ from earlier identical searches.

2.5. Combine searches

In My searches, you can also combine your saved and past searches to create a new search.

  1. In the Combined search field (bottom of the page), create a search by combining multiple search identifiers ("Id" in the first column of My searches) with one of the three operators AND, OR or NOT (see example below for details).
  2. To see if your new search will work, click Check syntax. If the syntax is correct, The query is valid. is displayed. If the system detects a problem, it displays an error message prompting you to make the necessary changes.
  3. Click Search and the results will be displayed.

    More on displaying search results.

 Once you run a combined search, it is considered an expert search – if you want to edit your combined search later, the expert search page is opened.

Example

(1 AND 2)NOT 3

If you use more than one operator, AND is evaluated first, then OR. You can change this order of precedence using parentheses.

2.6. Import saved expert searches from the old EUR-Lex

In My searches, you can import advanced searches that you saved in the previous version of EUR-Lex:

  1. In My searches, scroll to the Import saved expert searches section and click Browse.
  2. Browse for the searches you want to import. These are generally .prf files located in C:\Users\username.
  3. Click Import, and the searches you have selected are added to your list of saved searches.

Warning To do this, you have to be signed in – see how to sign in

WarningYou can import as many searches as you have space for in My EUR-Lex. However, because this space is limited, you might have to delete other searches – see how to delete searches.

2.7. Edit saved search information

You can edit the name and comment of your saved search:

  1. Click Edit search information icon next to the search you want to edit the name and comment for.
  2. Edit the name and the comment in the window that appears.
  3. Click Save.

3. My RSS Feeds

You can use RSS feeds to stay informed about changes in the results of your saved searches, reading them in your favourite RSS reader. To access your saved RSS feeds:

  1. In the My EUR-Lex box in the right menu, click My RSS feeds (the number in brackets shows how many feeds you have).
  2. For each feed, you will see information on its name (the same as its related saved search) and search scope, and a View search link you can use to see the search summary.
  3. You have the following options:
    • Delete a feed
    • View a feed
  4. To view a feed, can click its name.

3.1. Create RSS feeds from the list of search results

If you're signed in, you can create personalised RSS feeds directly from a search result list:

  1. Click  (Create in My RSS feeds) at the top of the search results.
  2. In the window that opens, enter the name of the feed (compulsory) and a comment (optional).
  3. Click Save to create the feed.

 For each RSS feed you create, a saved search flagged with Ticked icon is added to your My EUR‑Lex space. You can view them via My searches in the My EUR‑Lex box.

 You can only add new RSS feeds if you have not reached the maximum allowed number of saved searches.

3.2. Create RSS feeds from saved searches

If you're signed in, you can create RSS feeds from your list of saved searches in My EUR-Lex:

  1. Go to My searches
  2. Select one or more searches using the checkboxes in the right column under My searches.
  3. Click Set selected as RSS feed (upper left‑hand corner).
  4. All searches now linked to an RSS feed will be flagged with Ticked icon.

You can view all your created RSS feeds in My EUR-Lex by clicking My RSS feeds.

 

3.3. Delete an RSS feed

You can delete your saved RSS feeds at any time:

  1. Go to My RSS feeds.
  2. Select one or more searches using the checkboxes (far right of the screen, opposite the name.)
  3. Click Delete selected (upper left‑hand corner) and confirm by clicking Delete in the window that appears. 

4. Preferences

If you are a registered user, you can customise various aspects of EUR-Lex, e.g. how the website and search results are displayed, which metadata are exported or print preferences.

To view your preferences:

  1. Sign into My EUR-Lex with your ECAS username and password.
  2. In the My EUR-Lex box, click Preferences. The page with your user account information from ECAS appears by default.
  3. In the left menu, you can select a link to specific preferences:
    • site preferences
    • search preferences
    • export preferences
    • print preferences.

4.1. Change your user information

EUR-Lex gathers information from the European Commission's Authentication Service for External Users (ECAS) on your name, email address and password.

If you want to change any of this information:

  1. Open your user account information on EUR-Lex in the preferences.
  2. Click the link to ECAS at the bottom of the page.
  3. Follow the instructions on the ECAS website for updating your user information.

To see your changes, you'll have to log off EUR-Lex and then log on again.

4.2. Update your website preferences

You can use your website preferences to set your preferred languages and customise other display features:

    1. Sign in with your ECAS username and password.
    2. In the My EUR-Lex box, click Preferences.
    3. In the left menu, click Site preferences.
    4. You can change the information in the fields explained in the table below.
    5. When you have finished, click Save (bottom of screen) Your new preferences are now applied to all pages.
Preferred language Default display language (if available) for items.
Alternative language Alternative display language (if available) for any item not available in your preferred language.
Second alternative language Second alternative display language (if available) for any item not available in your preferred or alternative language.
"Recently published" widget items Number of entries displayed in every tab of the "recently published" widget on the EUR-Lex homepage.
"See also" widget items Number of entries displayed the "See also" widget on the EUR-Lex homepage.
Latest issues of the Official Journal How far back the list of recently published issues goes (direct access page for OJ)
Preferred tab for document view Tab selected (if available) when you click a title in a list of search results or items. By default, this is the Text tab.
Show multilingual display in document view Displays the multilingual field, allowing you to view an item in more than one language. If this option is not chosen, the table is simply hidden.
Show languages and formats available in document view Displays the table containing all available formats and languages whenever you consult an item's text tab. If this option is not chosen, the table is simply hidden.
Turn on autocompletion System suggests complete words once you start typing a word. Used in every text entry field related to item title and text.
Turn on contextual help "Pop-up" help for each field in the advanced search (when you place your mouse to the left of the field).

 

 

4.3. Update your search preferences

These are used to customise how your search results are displayed (number of results per page, metadata displayed, etc.):

  1. Sign in with your ECAS username and password.
  2. In the My EUR-Lex box, click Preferences.
  3. In the left menu with the different categories of preferences, click Search preferences.
  4. Click an existing profile name from the list to update it or click Add new profile to create a new profile. In both cases, a page opens where you can specify your search preferences.
  5. You can change information in the following fields:
    Profile name Must be unique (not used for any other profile).
    Number of results per page 5, 10 or 20 results per page.
    Default sort criteria How search results are ordered by default (You can always change this directly in the search results themselves). You can sort ascending or descending by item identifier, title or date, CELEX sector, type of act or author.
    Metadata to display Metadata displayed in your search results. You can choose metadata either individually (checkbox next to each element) or by group (checkbox next to the group name).You can hide the individual elements in a group by clicking Hide icon next to the group name. 

    Warning The Simple selection tree contains a small number of common metadata. Under Advanced selection, you can choose from all available metadata.

    WarningSome metadata are not clickable: they are displayed automatically and cannot be deselected.

  6. Click Save to create or update your search profile.

4.4. Update your export preferences

These are used for exporting your search results for further processing in a different application. Create and update your export preferences as follows:

  1. Sign in with your ECAS username and password.
  2. In the My EUR-Lex box, click Preferences.
  3. In the left menu with the different categories of preferences, click Export preferences. This displays the list of profiles you can use for the export.
  4. Click an existing profile name from the list to update it or click Add new profile to create a new profile. In both cases, a page opens where you can specify your export preferences.
  5. In the page that opens, you can change information in the following fields:
    Profile name Must be unique (not used for any other profile).
    Export format Either CSV, TSV, Excel, XML or PDF.
    Metadata to display Metadata included in the export file you create. It will be displayed for each item in your export list.
  6. You can choose metadata either individually (checkbox next to each element) or by group (checkbox next to the group name). You can hide the individual elements in a group by clicking next to the group name.

    WarningThe Simple selection tree contains a small number of common metadata. Under Advanced selection, you can choose from all available metadata.

    WarningSome metadata are not clickable: they are displayed automatically and cannot be deselected.

  7. Click Save to create or update your export profile.

 

4.5. Update your print preferences

These determine how items saved in My EUR-Lex are printed – as PDF or HTML files. Create and update your print preferences as follows:

  1. Sign in with your ECAS username and password.
  2. In the My EUR-Lex box, click Preferences.
  3. In the left menu with the different categories of preferences, click Print preferences. This displays the list of profiles you can use for the export.
  4. Click an existing profile name from the list to update it or click Add new profile to create a new profile. In both cases, a page opens where you can specify your print preferences.
  5. In the page that opens, you can change information in the following fields:

    Profile name

    Must be unique (not used for any other profile).
    Print format HTML or PDF.
    Metadata to display Metadata printed along with the item.
  6. You can choose metadata either individually (checkbox next to each element) or by group (checkbox next to the group name). You can hide the individual elements in a group by clicking next to the group name.

    Warning The Simple selection tree contains a small number of common metadata. Under Advanced selection, you can choose from all available metadata.

    Warning Some metadata are not clickable: they are displayed automatically and cannot be deselected.

  7. Click Save to create or update your print profile.

4.6. Set another profile as default

Your preferences for printing, exporting and searching all have a default profile. You can change this:

  1. Click Print, Search or Export preferences. 
  2. The default profile is marked .
  3. Click Set as default next to the profile you want to use for printing, exporting or search results.
  4. The sign appears next to this profile. 

 

4.7. Delete profiles

To make space for new print, search or export profiles, you may need to delete old profiles:

  1. Click Print, export or search preferences.
  2. Mark profiles for deletion delete using the checkboxes or Select all.
  3. Click Delete selected.
  4. Click Delete in the confirmation window that appears.

Warning  You cannot delete the default profile. If you wish to do this, you'll first have to set another profile as default.

Warning  If JavaScript is not enabled in your browser, you won't be able to delete multiple profiles using checkboxes (you'll have to delete each individually by clicking Delete selected and confirming every time).Read how to enable JavaScript.