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European Union Documents EU Law, Policy and Statistics Duncan Alford Princeton University Agenda Overview / Background EU Law and Policy Depository Collection Statistics – Basic Sources Need to Know Items What is the EU? Began as the European Coal and Steel Community in 1954

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European Union Documents

EU Law, Policy and Statistics

Duncan Alford

Princeton University


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Agenda

  • Overview / Background

  • EU Law and Policy

  • Depository Collection

  • Statistics – Basic Sources

  • Need to Know Items


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What is the EU?

  • Began as the European Coal and Steel Community in 1954

  • Supranational organization

    • Focus on economic integration

  • 15 Member States

    • 10 additional states

  • Common currency – Euro

    • http://www.ecb.int/

  • Not the same as the Council of Europe


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EU population

450 million

EU GNP

US$ 9 trillion (approx.)

US is a major trading partner

US population

292 million

US GNP

US$ 9 trillion (approx.)

EU is a major trading partner

Importance of the EU


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Growth of the EU

  • France, Italy, Germany, Benelux

  • Denmark, Ireland, UK

  • Greece

  • Spain, Portugal

  • Austria, Finland, Sweden

  • 10 accession countries in 2004


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United States of Europe?

  • Convention on the Future of Europe

    • http://european-convention.eu.int/bienvenue.asp?lang=EN

  • Draft treaty submitted to heads of state

  • Intergovernmental conference begins Fall 2003


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Europa

  • Official web site

    • http://europa.eu.int

  • EU law and policy

  • Guide to databases

  • Available in the 11 official languages of the EU (soon to be 20)


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EU Law

  • EU law and policy principally deals with commercial and economic matters at this time

    • Pillar I – European Community

    • Pillar II- Common Foreign and Security Policy

    • Pillar III – Justice and Home Affairs

  • EU law is supreme over national law


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EU Institutions Involved in Legislation

  • European Commission

  • Council of the European Union

  • European Parliament

  • Economic and Social Committee

  • Committee of the Regions


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Four Methods of Enacting Legislation

  • Co-decision

  • Cooperation

  • Assent

  • Consultation


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Four Types of EU Legislation

  • Regulations

  • Directives

  • Decisions

  • Recommendations / Opinions


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Official Journal of the European Union

  • Legislation – L Series

  • Communications – C Series

  • Communications – CE Series

  • Communications – CA Series

  • Annex – Debates

  • Supplement – S Series (tenders)


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Regulations

  • Council Regulation No. 44/2001 of 22 December 2000 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters,

    2001 O.J. (L 12) 1.

  • Number of Regulation then its year


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Directives

  • First Council Directive 77/780 on the coordination of the laws, regulations and administrative provision relating to the taking up and pursuit of the business of credit institutions, 1977 O.J. (L 322) 30.

  • Year then number of directive


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Electronic Sources for the O.J.

  • EurLex

  • CELEX

  • LexisNexis Academic

  • LexisNexis (commercial)


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EU Legislative Documents

  • Commission Documents or COM Documents

    • EurLex

    • White Papers

      • http://europa.eu.int/comm/off/white/index_en.htm

    • Green Papers

      • http://europa.eu.int/comm/off/green/index_en.htm

        Example: A More Coherent European Contract Law, COM (2003) 0068


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EU Legislative Documents II

  • Common Position or Council Documents

  • European Parliament Reports

  • European Parliament Debates

  • Joint Text of Conciliation Committee

  • Economic and Social Committee Opinions

  • Committee of the Regions Opinions


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Legislative Document Databases

  • PreLex (by European Commission)

  • OEIL – Legislative Observatory (by the European Parliament)


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OEIL

By European Parliament

Procedures since 1994

Summaries of key documents and some links

Tracking legislation

PreLex

By European Commission

Proposals since 1975

Full-text documents since 1999

OEIL v. PreLex


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EU Official Publications

  • Bulletin of the European Union

    • http://europa.eu.int/abc/doc/off/bull/en/welcome.htm

  • General Report on the Activities of the Community

    • http://europa.eu.int/abc/doc/off/rg/en/welcome.htm


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EU Case Law

  • European Court of Justice

    • 15 judges, 8 advocates general

  • Court of First Instance

    • Created 1989

    • 15 judges

  • National courts


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Case Law Sources

  • European Court Reports

  • Curia, http://curia.eu.int/en/index.htm

  • CELEX

  • LexisNexis (commercial)

  • LexisNexis Academic (soon)


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EU Statistics

  • Eurostat Yearbook

  • Eurostat web site

    • http://europa.eu.int/comm/eurostat/

  • Statistics in Focus (on Eurostat web site)

  • Eurostat database

  • COMEXT database


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EU Depository Library

  • Princeton has been an EU depository library since 1964

  • EU depository program is a distribution system

  • Two unusual benefits of an EU depository

    • CELEX password

    • Eurostat password


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Need to Know

  • Europa, official EU web site

  • Official Journal of the European Union

    • On EurLex since January 1998

  • Depository material integrated into the collection

  • EU Research Guide for Princeton Univ.

    • http://www.princeton.edu/~ssrc/eurefgdpu.html

  • Accessing EU Info/ A-Z Index

    • http://www.eurunion.org/infores/resguide.htm

  • Eurostat and CELEX passwords


  • Login