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Council of Europe: Treaty Office  

Texts of the treaties of the Council of Europe.


EUR-Lex provides free access, in the 24 official EU languages, to: the Official Journal of the European Union, EU law (EU treaties, directives, regulations, decisions, consolidated legislation, etc.), preparatory acts (legislative proposals, reports, green and white papers, etc.), EU case-law (judgements, orders, etc.), international agreements, EFTA documents, other public documents.

EUR-Lex: Summaries of EU Legislation  

Summary of the main legislative measures and procedures of the European Union.


How do European countries promote and improve free access to citizens? The EuroLII Observatory aims at answering this and many other questions on free access to law in the EU member States and neighboring countries. On this website most updated information can be found on the subject as well as strategies and guidelines to promote free access to law.

European Commission: Policies  

Overview of EU activities in all areas, from agriculture to transport.

European Sources Online  

Publisher: Cardiff University  

Added value information service that focuses on the European Union, the countries of Europe and on issues of concern to citizens and stakeholders in the Europe of today.

Sussex European Institute: Publications  

Briefing papers etc on Contemporary European Studies, European Law and Society and European Politics.

Your Europe Advice  

EU advice service for the public, currently provided by the legal experts from the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) operating under contract with the European Commission.

The Directory: Courts and Tribunals: International

Court of Justice of the European Union  

The Court of Justice interprets EU law to make sure it is applied in the same way in all EU countries. It also settles legal disputes between EU governments and EU institutions. Individuals, companies or organisations can also bring cases before the Court if they feel their rights have been infringed by an EU institution.

European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)  

Administers the European Convention of Human Rights, sitting in Strasbourg. Operates within the framework of the Council of Europe as opposed to the European Union.

The Directory: European and EU Institutions

Committee of the Regions (CoR)  

The EU assembly of regional and local representatives.

Council of Europe  

The Council of Europe is the continent's leading human rights organisation. It includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union. All Council of Europe member states have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, a treaty designed to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

Council of the European Union  

The Council of the EU is the institution representing the member states' governments. Also informally known as the EU Council, it is where national ministers from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies. The Council is an essential EU decision-maker. It negotiates and adopts new EU legislation, adapts it when necessary, and coordinates policies.

Europa is the official website of the European Union. It is a good starting point if you are looking for information and services provided by the EU but you don't know your way around our sites. This site gives you: basic information on how the EU works the latest EU news and events links to EU information on the websites of EU institutions and agencies.

Europa: Agencies of the EU  

Website for the specialised and decentralised EU agencies that have been established to support the EU Member States and their citizens as an answer to a desire for geographical devolution and the need to cope with new tasks of a legal, technical and/or scientific nature.

European Commission  

The European Commission is the EU's executive body. It represents the interests of the European Union as a whole (not the interests of individual countries). The term 'Commission' refers to both the College of Commissioners and to the institution itself.

European Commission: Departments and Services  

List of departments and services within the European Commission.

European Commission: Representation in the UK  

Speaking for the Commission as its voice in the UK, providing information about the European Union across the UK, and reporting back to the Commission in Brussels on political, economic and social developments.

European Commission: Representations (Member States)  

Gateway to the offices of each of the European Comission's Representations.

European Court of Auditors  

Conducts the audits of EU finances.

European Economic and Social Committee (ESC)  

A consultative body that gives representatives of Europe's socio-occupational interest groups, and others, a formal platform to express their points of view on EU issues.

European Environment Agency (EEA)  

A major information source for the general public and those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy.

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (European Foundation)  

Created to contribute to the planning and design of better living and working conditions in Europe.

European Information Network in the UK  

Brings together contact details for organisations and individuals in the United Kingdom that provide EU information and advice for the general public, business, and the academic community.

European Investment Bank (EIB)  

The long-term lending bank of the European Union.

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA/OEDT)  

Exists to provide the EU and its Member States with a factual overview of European drug problems and a solid evidence base to support the drugs debate.

European Parliament (Europarl)  

Official website of the European Parliament.

European Training Foundation (ETF)  

Created to contribute to the development of the education and training systems of EU partner countries.


Europol is the European Union law enforcement organisation that handles criminal intelligence. Its aim is to improve the effectiveness and co operation between the competent authorities of the Member States in preventing and combating terrorism, unlawful drug trafficking and serious international organised crime.