About EUR-Lex

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EUR-Lex provides free access, in the 24 official EU languages, to:

  • the Official Journal of the European Union
  • EU law (EU treaties, directives, regulations, decisions, consolidated legislation, etc.)
  • preparatory acts (legislative proposals, reports, green and white papers, etc.)
  • EU case-law (judgements, orders, etc.)
  • international agreements
  • EFTA documents
  • other public documents.

It also allows you to follow legislative procedures.

The database is updated daily and contains more than 3 million items with some texts dating back to 1951. Each document is displayed with analytical metadata (publication reference, dates, keywords, etc.) organised behind different tabs:

  • About this document
  • Text
  • Linked documents
  • Procedure (the life cycle of a document)
  • All

A document can be displayed in up to 3 languages simultaneously.

Types of documents available / Official journal of the European Union / Homepage

User account

Anybody can use EUR-Lex, free of charge. Registered users (registration is free of charge) can also:

  • use the expert search
  • create personalised RSS feeds
  • save documents and queries in My EUR-Lex
  • change their display, export and print preferences.

While on EUR-Lex you can save documents and queries in My EUR-Lex – register or sign in to avoid them being lost if you leave the website.

You can export up to 10 items with metadata from your results list in CSV, TSV, Excel, xml or PDF format. Registered users can export up to 50 items.

Register / Sign in with ECAS

RSS feeds (previously LexAlert)

You can subscribe to predefined RSS feeds or, as a registered user, create your own feeds based on your search queries by clicking on the RSS icon: in your result list.

LexAlert notifications from the old version can be imported. Register/sign in, go to the personalised feeds page in My EUR-Lex , enter the e-mail address used for LexAlert and click on .

RSS feeds

Find documents

Search for documents or procedures using the quick, advanced or expert search.

You can refine a results list by using facets (search filters) or by editing the search query. You can also change the results list display and sorting criteria.

Browse for documents in our directories and lists of documents by institution.

Advanced search / Expert search / Browse

 

Reusing information

Webservices

Webservices are a way for registered users to query EUR-Lex directly, without having to use a search form on the website.

They offer query options similar to the ones you find in the expert search, and deliver the data in XML format.

If you need a simpler way to stay up to date, you can use RSS feeds – predefined or customised.

Find out all details about how to use the webservice.

Web service registration / More

Access to bulk data

Reuse of EUR-Lex data by third parties is free of charge.

The data is accessible in XML format, via an FTP server, and is updated daily. A user ID and a password are needed and can be requested via our contact form.

Advantages of the service:

  • access in bulk to data, provided directly by the Publications Office,
  • server (FTP) and format (XML) allowing reuse of data,
  • you are informed when new data is uploaded.