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About consolidation

What is consolidation?

Consolidation consists of the integration in a legal act of its successive amendments and corrigenda. It provides more transparency and easier access to EU law. Several legal texts published in different issues of the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) are combined as a 'consolidated family' in one easy-to-read document.

Consolidated texts are intended for use as documentation tools and the institutions do not assume any liability for their content. Please note that these texts have no legal value. For legal purposes please refer to the texts published in the OJ.

Each consolidated text contains a list of all legal documents taken into account for its construction. Each part of the text is enriched with data concerning its origin (basic act, amending act or corrigendum).

As EU legislation is evolving, due to frequent publications of new amending legal acts, the collection of consolidated legislation is not complete and it cannot be guaranteed that a text represents the up-to-date state of the legislation in force. If any corrigendum is published after the last amending act was incorporated, we will consolidate it immediately, unless it provides only a minor change. In the last case it will be included into the next consolidation.

Which legal acts do you consolidate?

The Publications Office of the European Union consolidates EU regulations, directives and decisions. However, we do not consolidate legal acts which will be in force for only a short time. Minor corrigenda in a few languages are included in consolidation with the next modifier.

When usually is the consolidated version of a legal act available? 

Consolidation is done as soon as a legislative act is modified. On average the consolidated version is available in EUR-Lex within 2-3 weeks after the entry into force of an amendment published in the OJ.

What's the meaning of the abbreviations (B, M, A, C) in consolidated versions? 

They indicate the type of an act:

  1. B = basic act
  2. M = modifier
  3. A = Accession Treaty
  4. C = corrigendum

What is the meaning of the header of a consolidated act? 

The header looks as follows:

1991L0414 — EN — 01.02.2011 — 028.001 — 5

  1. First digits are the CELEX number of the consolidated act;
  2. The 2 letters represent the language code;
  3. The date is the day of entry into force of the last amendment introduced in the act;
  4. The following digits represent the sequence number of the consolidated version of a legal act;
  5. The last digit is the page number.