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Let’s take a look at the EUR-Lex homepage (start page).

In the top left-hand corner of the page, you’ll see the EUR-Lex logo. It’s in the same position on all pages. If you’re on another page and want to return to the homepage, click either on the logo itself or on "Home" below it.

The main menu is in the centre of the page. Once you go to any other page, the menu is tucked into a Menu button just below the logo. To access it, click on the Menu button.


EUR-Lex is available in all 24 EU official languages. To change language, click on the current language in the top right-hand corner of any page and select a new language from the pop-up window.


Click on the link to our help pages – at the bottom of any page. Then choose a topic from the menu on the left.

Our e-learning module provides search tips that will enable you to make the most of EUR-Lex.

On our Twitter account we share tips tagged with #eurlextip.

You can also view the online tutorials or contact us directly.


  • Quick search – use the box on the homepage or any other page (just under the logo) for a general search. You can then refine your search, if needed, using the filters on the left-hand side of the search results page.
  • Document number – use ‘Find results by Document number’ on the right-hand side of the homepage, if you know the number of the document you are looking for.
  • CELEX number – use ‘Find results by CELEX number’ on the right-hand side of the homepage, if you are familiar with CELEX identifiers.
  • Use the advanced search – under the ‘Quick search’ box to combine several criteria specific to each collection.

Expert users can opt to use the expert search and build their own queries. For this, you need to have a user account and be signed in.

Official Journal (OJ)

Access the current daily edition from the Official Journal box on the homepage. To find past issues or more information about the OJ, click on the box title or on ‘More’.

User account

To register, sign in or access your user account, click on the user icon in the top right-hand corner of any page.

As a registered user, you can:

  • customise your display and search preferences
  • save documents ('items') and searches
  • create personalised RSS feeds
  • use expert search.