This document is an excerpt from the EUR-Lex website
The Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) is published daily (from Monday to Friday regularly, on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays only in urgent cases) in all of the official languages of the EU. Since 1 July 2013 only the electronic edition of the OJ is authentic and produces legal effects.
The Official Journal box on the homepage (start page) contains links to the latest published editions of the OJ. Clicking on ‘More’ or on ‘Official Journal’ inside the box takes you to the ‘Direct access’ page, where you can search for issues by number, series or date.
From the ‘Direct access’ page you can also reach the list of legally binding print editions and the page of special editions of the OJ.
Once you navigate away from the homepage, you can access the OJ pages from the main menu, which is tucked into a ‘Menu’ button just below the logo. To access it, click on the ‘Menu’ button.
On the ‘Direct access to the Official Journal’ page you can:
If you are a registered user, you can define in your site preferences how many issues are listed under the ‘Recent issues’ section. Read more about configuring the site preferences.
The section ‘Direct access to the Official Journal’ lets you use drop-down menus to look for specific OJ issues.
|Year||Publication year of the OJ you are searching for (mandatory).|
|OJ series||Series of the OJ, depending on the year chosen. Since January 1968 it has been published as two separate series: L series — Legislation; C series — Information and Notices. Initially the OJ was published as a single series: the A series (1952–58), followed by the P series (April 1958–67).|
|Class of the OJ||The drop-down menu contains the available sub-series, depending on the year and series chosen.|
|Number||Enter the number of a specific OJ issue.|
In the section ‘Access by year’ (collapsed, click on the row to expand), you can browse for OJs.
As of 1 July 2013 only the electronic edition of the OJ (e-OJ) is authentic and produces legal effects, pursuant to Council Regulation (EU) No 216/2013.
The e-OJ bears an electronic signature, which ensures the authenticity, integrity and inalterability of the electronic edition. You can verify the electronic signature and authentic character of the e-OJ using the CheckLex application. Read more on the verification process in the FAQ or about CheckLex page.
Find out more about the signature policy used by the Publications Office for the e-OJ and about the qualified certificates that the e-signatures are based on.
Though, since 1 July 2013, the paper versions of the Official Journal no longer have any legal value, there are exceptions where — due to an unforeseen and exceptional disruption of the Publications Office’s IT systems — the electronic edition of the OJ cannot be published.
For these exceptional cases, the ‘Legally binding print editions’ page provides the following:
When a country joins the EU, EU legislation in force at that time (the acquis) is translated into the country’s official language and published in special editions of the Official Journal.