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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

European Union Documents

EU Law, Policy and Statistics

Duncan Alford

Princeton University

agenda
Agenda
  • Overview / Background
  • EU Law and Policy
  • Depository Collection
  • Statistics – Basic Sources
  • Need to Know Items
what is the eu
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
importance of the eu
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
growth of the eu
Growth of the EU
  • France, Italy, Germany, Benelux
  • Denmark, Ireland, UK
  • Greece
  • Spain, Portugal
  • Austria, Finland, Sweden
  • 10 accession countries in 2004
united states of europe
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
europa
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)
eu law
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
eu institutions involved in legislation
EU Institutions Involved in Legislation
  • European Commission
  • Council of the European Union
  • European Parliament
  • Economic and Social Committee
  • Committee of the Regions
four methods of enacting legislation
Four Methods of Enacting Legislation
  • Co-decision
  • Cooperation
  • Assent
  • Consultation
four types of eu legislation
Four Types of EU Legislation
  • Regulations
  • Directives
  • Decisions
  • Recommendations / Opinions
official journal of the european union
Official Journal of the European Union
  • Legislation – L Series
  • Communications – C Series
  • Communications – CE Series
  • Communications – CA Series
  • Annex – Debates
  • Supplement – S Series (tenders)
regulations
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
directives
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
electronic sources for the o j
Electronic Sources for the O.J.
  • EurLex
  • CELEX
  • LexisNexis Academic
  • LexisNexis (commercial)
eu legislative documents
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

eu legislative documents ii
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
legislative document databases
Legislative Document Databases
  • PreLex (by European Commission)
  • OEIL – Legislative Observatory (by the European Parliament)
oeil v prelex
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
eu official publications
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
eu case law
EU Case Law
  • European Court of Justice
    • 15 judges, 8 advocates general
  • Court of First Instance
    • Created 1989
    • 15 judges
  • National courts
case law sources
Case Law Sources
  • European Court Reports
  • Curia, http://curia.eu.int/en/index.htm
  • CELEX
  • LexisNexis (commercial)
  • LexisNexis Academic (soon)
eu statistics
EU Statistics
  • Eurostat Yearbook
  • Eurostat web site
    • http://europa.eu.int/comm/eurostat/
  • Statistics in Focus (on Eurostat web site)
  • Eurostat database
  • COMEXT database
eu depository library
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
need to know
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
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