Information for readers
- Presentation of documents
- Finding documents
- Explanation of the document number
- Types of documents in EUR-Lex
The EUR-Lex Directory includes both current European Union legislation and other instruments relating to the activities of the European Union (EU, ECSC, EEC, EC and Euratom) such as policy instruments and decisions taken in individual cases but of more general interest.
- The Directory therefore
- agreements and conventions concluded by the Communities in connection with their external relations;
- binding secondary legislation (regulations, decisions, ECSC general decisions and recommendations, EEC/EC/Euratom directives) under the treaties establishing the European Union and the European Communities, except for day-to-day administrative acts(1);
- supplementary legislation, in particular decisions of representatives of the governments of the Member States meeting in the Council;
- certain important non-binding acts.
You can consult the directory in any of the official languages of the European Union.
The Directory is intended purely for use as a documentation tool and the institutions are not liable for its contents.
(1) Mainly short-lived acts arising from the day-to-day management of the common agricultural policy and the customs union, such as acts temporarily fixing various rates or amounts. These acts are mainly the titles printed in light type on the contents page of the Official Journal of the European Union.
Presentation of documents
Each entry includes the document number of the act, its title, its publication reference (in most cases the Official Journal of the European Union) and the document number of any amendments with their publication reference in brackets. It also includes any available consolidated versions of the basic act and its successive amendments.
Council Directive 77/311/EEC of 29 March 1977 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the driver-perceived noise level of wheeled agricultural or forestry tractors
(Official Journal L 105 , 28/04/1977 P. 0001 - 0009)
Amended by 31982L0890 Replacement Article 1.2 from 21/12/1982
Consolidated text 01977L0311-19821221
Incorporated by 21994A0103(52)
Implemented by 31996D0627 Implementation Article 2
Amended by 31997L0054 Amendment Article 1.2 from 30/10/1997
Consolidated text 01977L0311-19971030
The document number
The document number, shown in bold type above the title of the act, consists of a combination of figures and letters, each of which has a particular meaning (see 'Explanation of document number').
The document number is how each act is identified in the Directory.
The example given below is the simplest and most frequent form, using 10 positions. The document number can be up to 18 figures long, but readers rarely need to know precisely how the numbers are made up.
Example of a document number: 3 1977 L 0311
|3||Documentary sector of the system||(sector 3 = secondary legislation)|
|1977||Year of adoption or publication of act||(1977)|
|L||Legal form||(L = directive)|
|0311||Serial or other identifying number of legal act||(Regulation No 0311 of the year in question)|
The first figure (the figure 3 in the example) indicates the sector in the system under which the act is classified.
In the example shown above, the act forms part of Community secondary legislation (sector 3).
The letter, which is always in the sixth position (the letter L in the example) indicates the legal form of the act (e.g. R for regulation, D for decision, L for directive, etc).
The document number is followed by the full title of the legal act.
The publication reference
The title of the act is followed by the publication reference of the Official Journal of the European Union.
- This reference consists of:
- the number of the Official Journal, preceded (in the case of post-1967 instruments) by the letter 'L' or 'C' to show the Official Journal series,
- the date of publication,
- the page number.
OJ L 105, 28.04.1977 p. 1:
|OJ||Official Journal of the European Union|
|L 105||L series, No 105|
|28.04.1977||date of publication|
|p. 1||OJ page (page on which the text of the act begins)|
References to amending acts
The publication reference of the act is followed by references to any subsequent acts affecting it (amending, replacing, etc.).
The act referred to is identified by its document number followed by its publication reference in brackets.
Amended by 31997L0054 (OJ L 277 10.10.1997 p. 24)
|31997L0054||Document number of amending act|
|(OJ L 277 10.10.1997 p. 24)||Publication reference of amending act|
References to consolidated texts
If an act and its amendments have been subject to consolidation, the Directory offers links to the successive consolidated texts. The consolidated text is identified by its document number, which starts with a '0'. The first part of the number is the document number of the basic act and identifies the consolidated family (i.e. the basic act and its amendments); the second part is the date of effect of the last amending act.
Consolidated text 01997L0311- 19971030
|01977L0311||Number of the consolidated family|
|19971030||Date of effect of the last amending act|
Finding a document
You can find a document by using the analytical structure.
Finding a decision on the Combined Nomenclature.
The relevant section on 'Customs tariffs', is found in the chapter on 'Customs union and free movement of goods' in the analytical structure:
- 02. Customs union and free movement of goods
- 02.20 Basic customs instruments
- 02.20.10 Customs tariffs
- 02.20 Basic customs instruments
Acts listed in each section are arranged by document number in ascending order: by sector (first figure), year, legal form (indicated by a letter) and serial or other identifying number (e.g. regulation number).
The entry for the decision in question, 597/87, is set out in the section Customs tariffs:
87/597/ECSC: Decision of the representatives of the Governments of the Member States, meeting within the Council of 18 December 1987 on the nomenclature and rates of conventional duty for certain products and the general rules for interpreting and applying the said nomenclature and duties
(OJ L 363 23.12.1987 p. 67)