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The European Legislation Identifier (ELI) is a system to make legislation available online in a standardised format, so that it can be accessed, exchanged and reused across borders. This initiative, taken jointly by EU countries and institutions, is enshrined in the Council Conclusions of 6 November 2017 on the European Legislation Identifier (2017/C 441/05). *
ELI is based on a voluntary agreement between the EU countries. It includes technical specifications on:
ELI is funded under Action "Facilitating the exchange of legislation data in Europe", which falls under the Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations ( ISA²) Programme.
* The Council conclusions of 6 November 2017 on the European Legislation Identifier are built on an initial version of the Council Conclusions published on 26 October 2012 (2012/C 325/02).
ELI is governed by a task force comprising representatives of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg (chair), Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, the United Kingdom and the EU Publications Office.
ELI has the following advantages:
ELI helps improve the quality and reliability of legal information online through the use of persistent identifiers and structured metadata.
ELI encourages interoperability among information systems by structuring legislation in a standardised way, while taking account of the specific features of different legal systems.
Thanks to search engine optimisation, ELI makes it easier to locate legal data, which can thus be more widely used.
Making legislation available in a structured way helps develop value-added services.
ELI makes information flows more effective and shortens the time taken to publish legislation.
By improving access to legal information, ELI makes it easier to follow up work done by governments, and promotes greater accountability.
Last update: 14/05/2019