EUR Lex newsletter 20 February 2012
JOIN and SWD - new document identifiers for preparatory acts
To rationalise and harmonise the use of document types, the Secretariat-General of the Commission introduced two new identifiers for preparatory documents (sector 5):
- JOIN (CELEX code 5 JC) for joint proposals, communications, reports, white papers and green papers adopted by the Commission and the High Representative, and
- SWD (CELEX code 5 SC) for staff and joint staff working documents (impact assessments, summaries of impact assessments, staff working papers).
COM will still be used for documents drafted only by the Commission, while SEC is entirely replaced by SWD.
For more information, see our FAQ 1.13
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