European Union

European Union Information

The following is a selected list of resources for starting research about the European Union. For further assistance, contact Jonathan Cain at jocain@uoregon.edu

General EU Information

These sources can be used to find general information about the European Union: how it works, its structure and its institutions and activities.  

  • Europa
  • The main portal to the European Union's web pages. Includes basic information about the EU, including a guide to its institutions and living and working in the EU.

  • A - Z Index of the European Commission
  • A comprehensive index of subjects related to the European Union including budget, legislative and general information.

  • Glossary of EU terms
  • A glossary from the Europa website containing 233 terms relating to European integration and the activities and institutions of the EU.

  • EU Databases by subject
  • Alphabetical listing of European Union databases by subject, including such areas as environment, customs and trade, and industry.

  • European countries
  • Use the interactive map or country list to find social, cultural, historical and governmental information about any EU Member State.

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Institutions and Bodies

The links below go to the official websites of the institutions and bodies that make up the European Union.

  • The European Commission
  • The Commission drafts proposals for new European laws, implements policies and manages the spending of EU funds.

  • The European Parliament
  • The European Parliament passes laws and approves the EU annual budget, sharing legislative power with the Council.

  • The Council of the European Union
  • The EU's main decision-making body, the Council members are ministers of the EU member states.

  • The Court of Justice
  • The Court of Justice is responsible for ensuring that the law is interpreted and applied in the same way in all EU countries.

  • The European Central Bank
  • The ECB is responsible for managing the euro by setting interest rates and ensuring price stability.

  • The European Investment Bank
  • The EIB is the long-term lending bank of the EU, charged with contributing towards the integration and development of the EU Member States.

  • European Economic and Social Committee
  • A consultative body that gives representatives of Europe's socio-occupational interest groups a platform on which to express their views on EU issues.

  • Community agencies
  • A list of current European Community agencies, which are bodies charged with specific scientific, technical or managerial tasks.

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News and Analysis

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Statistics

  • Eurostat
  • Eurostat provides access to the latest and most complete statistical information available on the European Union and the EU Member States. Updated daily.

  • Europe in Figures: Eurostat Yearbook
  • A comprehensive selection of statistical data on the European Union, its Member States and candidate countries.

  • Public Opinion Analysis
  • Surveys and studies address major topics concerning European citizenship; for example, social situation, health, culture, information technology, defense, etc.

  • EU Statistics
  • From Northwestern University, a comprehensive set of links to EU statistical sources.

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Treaties and Laws

  • Europa: Treaties and Law
  • A list of all European treaties with detailed information of each. Also includes the complete consolidated texts of all treaties available for free download.

  • EUR-Lex
  • EUR-Lex provides free, direct access to European law. Includes treaties, legislation, case law and legislative proposals.

  • Case Law
  • Search for the texts of judgments, opinions and orders of the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance delivered since 1997.

  • Summaries of legislation
  • This site provides fact sheets that summarize European legislation. These are divided into the 32 subject areas which are the Activities of the European Union.

  • Official Journal of the European Union
  • The Official Journal of the European Union is the gazette of record for the EU.It comprises two series: the L series contains EU legislation and the C series contains reports and judgments of the European Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance.

  • PreLex
  • A database that follows the major stages of the decision-making process between the European Commission and other EU institutions, and monitors the work of the various institutions involved.

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Electronic Archives

 

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Created by tstave on Jun 18, 2012 Last updated Oct 14, 2014