EU Web Portals & Websites

Major Bodies

Europa

Gateway to the European Union.

Recommended siteEuropean Commission

Its four main roles are to propose legislation to Parliament and the Council, to administer and implement Community policies, to enforce Community law (jointly with the Court of Justice) and to negotiate international agreements, mainly those relating to trade and cooperation.

EU Bookshop

Managed by the Publications Office of the European Union, EU Bookshop gives you online access to the European Union's official publications. The website includes:

Books, brochures, posters, maps, leaflets, technical documents, periodicals, CD-ROMs, DVDs, etc. on the European Union's activities and policies. Publications issued by the European Union institutions and other official bodies since 1952.

Council of the European Union

The Council is the main decision-making body of the EU it: legislates jointly with the European Parliament; co-ordinates the broad economic policies of the Member States; defines and implements the EU's common foreign and security policy; concludes international agreements; and co-ordinates and adopts measures in the area of police and judicial co-operation in criminal matters.

European Parliament

The European Parliament is the only directly-elected body of the European Union, it is the co-legislator and budgetary authority.

European Central Bank

The ECB is the central bank for Europe's single currency, the euro. The ECB's main task is to maintain the euro's purchasing power and thus price stability in the euro area. The euro area comprises the 16 European Union countries that have introduced the euro since 1999.

European Investment Bank (EIB)

The European Investment Bank was created by the Treaty of Rome in 1958 as the long-term lending bank of the European Union. The task of the Bank is to contribute towards the integration, balanced development and economic and social cohesion of the EU Member States.

European Court of Justice & Court of First Instance

The European Court of Justice (or its official title Court of Justice of the European Communities) was created by the Treaty of Rome, and interprets an applies European Union law as found in the treaties and legislation. The Court of First Instance was created in 1989 to assist with the case load of the ECJ, and principally hears cases dealing with competition law, dumping, subsidies and staff grievances.

European Court of Auditors

The European Court of Auditors is the EU Institution established by the Treaty to carry out the audit of EU finances.

European Ombudsman

The European Ombudsman investigates complaints about maladministration in the institutions and bodies of the European Union.

European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

A consultative body that gives representatives of Europe's socio-occupational interest groups, and others, a formal platform to express their points of views on EU issues. Its opinions are forwarded to the larger institutions - the Council, the Commission and the European Parliament.

Committee of the Regions

The Committee of the Regions (CoR) is the political assembly that provides local and regional authorities with a voice at the heart of the European Union.

Community Agencies

A Community agency is a body governed by European public law; it is distinct from the Community Institutions (Council, Parliament, Commission, etc.) and has its own legal personality. It is set up by an act of secondary legislation in order to accomplish a very specific technical, scientific or managerial task, in the framework of the European Union's …first pillar.

Portals, Gateways, Websites

Recommended siteThe Albert Sloman Library: European Documentation Centre (EDC)

The Library is an official documentation centre for the EU we receive official publications from all the major organs of the EU on selected subjects.

EU4Journalists

Current affairs site which provide a google search engine for searching Europa.

Recommended siteEuropean Union Internet Resources

From UC Berkeley.

European Commission Library Catalogue (ECLAS)

ECLAS is a union catalogue referencing holdings of a network of libraries. The libraries include the Central Library and a number of smaller specialised libraries and documentation centres. The service covers the Union's official publications and documents of intergovernmental organisations, commercial, academic and government reports, and selected periodical articles. ECLAS provides bibliographical references for publications only.

Euroalert.net

This free service provides details of funding available via the EU programmes and initiatives, and of public procurement contracts published by central and local government, together with news of associated developments. The main sections of the website are: 'Hot topics', 'EU Funding', 'Gov't Contracts', 'EU Law' and more.

EuropeDirect

A public information service for citizens and business to help find answers to questions about the European Union.

European Commission: Press Room

Current news plus access to the RAPID database an archive of press releases, background notes, memos and speeches.

TED: Tenders Electronic Daily
Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS)

An information space for European Research and Development (R&D) and exploitation of European R&D results.

European Judicial Network in Civil and Commercial Matters

Contains a large quantity of information about the Member States, Community law, European law and various aspects of civil and commercial law.

Europe in the UK

Provides a gateway to European information for the UK regions. It incorporates 12 regional and one national site.

University of Mannheim European Documentation Centre (EDC)

Contains links to current topics, virtual full-text library, EU Institutions, EU programmes, Europe on the internet, policy areas and more...

European and Comparative Private Law page

This is an intra-disciplinary research group who publish research papers on European Administrative Law, European Criminal Law, European Economic Law, European Private Law, European Social Law.

International Jurisdiction in European Union E-Commerce Contracts

By Norel Rosner, Published on April 30, 2002

Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice

Working papers on the EU and Europe from the New York University School of Law.

European Union: Delegation of the European Commission to the USA

The Washington office of the European Commission. See also the Delegation's : A-Z Index of European Union Websites

Research Guides

Recommended siteEuropean Union Legal Materials: An Infrequent User's Guide

By Duncan E. Alford. This site is part of the New York University Law School's site GlobalLex.

European Union: A Guide to Tracing Working Documents

By Patrick Overy. This site is part of the New York University Law School's site GlobalLex.

European Union Law: An Integrated Guide to Electronic and Print Research

Marylin J.Rai from LLRX.com

Eurointernet: World Wide Web Virtual Library for European Integration

By Michael Nentwich. See also EIOP Portal



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