About EUR-Lex

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

  • the authentic 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 (judgments, orders, etc.)
  • international agreements
  • EFTA documents
  • summaries of EU legislation, which put legal acts into a policy context, explained in plain language
  • other public documents.

It also allows you to follow the procedures leading to the adoption of legal acts.

The database is updated daily with some texts dating back to 1951. Each document is displayed with analytical metadata (publication reference, dates, keywords, etc.) organised behind different tabs. Text is the default tab that opens. Document information contains the information about the document (metadata). Depending on the type of document accessed, other tabs might be available (for example Procedure, National transposition, Summary of legislation etc).

A document can be displayed in up to 3 languages simultaneously. By default, the first language is set to the current language of the user interface.

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
  • export a larger number of documents.

You can export up to 100 items with metadata from your results list in CSV, TSV, Excel, xml or PDF format. Registered users can export up to 5 MB of documents.

Register / Sign in with ECAS

Predefined RSS feeds

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.

Predefined 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) on the left side of the page or by editing the search query. You can also change the results list display and sorting criteria.

Moreover, you can browse for documents using different criteria

Finally, EUR-Lex offers information on the European legislation identifier, available from the ELI register.

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 about how to use the webservice.

Web service registration

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 monthly. 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.