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EU Legislation

In this section, you can find the main types of EU legal acts: regulations, directives, decisions, recommendations and opinions. You can also search for certain other documents issued by EU institutions or bodies (for example communications of the European Commission, reports of the European Court of Auditors).

You will find these documents accompanied by a rich legal analysis and links to related information (validity of the act, dates of effect, related procedures, interpretations by the Court of Justice of the European Union, and much more).

How to search in this section

The left-hand side of this page gives access to several search tools.

  • Search in legal acts redirects to an advanced search form that offers many options. Searches will be performed only within the remit of the “Legal acts” section. On the top of the search form, you have the option to: (i) limit your search to legislation in force; (ii) limit your search to basic acts; or (iii) exclude corrigenda.

    By clicking on “Other” in the “Document reference” tab you can choose among a wide range of type of documents.

  • The Directory of legal acts contains all the documents of this section organised in 20 main domains and several subdomains.
  • The Recently published search gives access to all the documents published in this section in the last 14 days.
  • Legal acts – statistics provides yearly and monthly figures on legal acts that can be sorted by several criteria.