EU official sites

The official sites of the EU are numerous, and often not very easy to navigate.

Below you will find a non-exhaustive list of a selection of sites:

EU institutions and Agencies

The Commissioners:
Profiles, portfolios and homepages of the 27 members of the Commission, including their cabinets.

EC – European Commission:
The main EU web site, EUROPA includes information on: the EU institutions, information sources and contacts, EU flag and anthem, Europe Day, the EU’s policies and official documents, e.g. White and Green Papers, press releases etc.

Council of the European Union:
Official site of the Council.

EP – European Parliament:
Official site of the EP.

ECJ – European Court of Justice:
Official site of the ECJ, based in Luxembourg, and which ensures that the treaties are interpreted and applied correctly by other EU institutions and by the Member States. Assisted by the Court of First Instance.

Court of Auditors:
Official site of the Court of Auditors, based in Luxembourg, and which is responsible for checking the sound financial management of the EU budget.

ECOSOC – Economic and Social Committee:
Official site of Ecosoc, the body advising the Commission, the Council and the European Parliament on economic and social questions.

Committee of the Regions:
Official site of the CoR, the body advising the Commission, the Council and the European Parliament on issues relating to Europe’s regions.

ECB – European Central Bank:
The official site of ECB, the institution responsible for monetary policy and the euro.

EIB – European Investment Bank:
The official site of the EIB, which finances capital investment and furthers European integration by promoting EU economic policies.

EIF – European Investment Fund:
The official site of the EIF, which is the body that supports the integration of the Union by promoting medium and long-term investment in two fields essential to the development of the European economy: TENs (Trans-European Networks) and SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises).

European Ombudsman:
The point of contact for European citizens if they are victims of an act of “maladministration” by the EU institutions or bodies.

EUROPOL – European Police Office:
The official website of Europol, which provides basic information on its role, press releases, annual reports, the text of its founding convention and links to national enforcement agencies.

Office for Official Publications of the European Communities:
The Office for Official Publications of the European Communities (Publications Office) is the publishing house of the European Union (EU).

Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat):
In the Lisbon European Council in 2000 the European Union set a strategic goal for the next decade “of becoming the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion”.

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EU Databases

This is the database of the historical archives of the European Commission and basically is an online catalogue of files, speeches and studies.

This is the Community Research and Development Information Service, which helps find projects, partners and results in your area.

This is the European Commission Library Catalogue containing references to 170,000 titles on European Affairs from the last 20 years. It can now be searched via the Internet.

the official directory of the European Union.

The largest collection of EU law and related documents.

The EU inter-institutional terminology database.

The EU launched a new market access strategy in February 1996 to make its trade policy more pro-active and to reflect the current needs of European exporters. The strategy established specific new tools, of which this database is foremost. Among the subjects covered are: sectoral and trade barriers, applied tariffs, and an exporters’ guide to import formalities.

This is the partner database of Eur-Lex. It follows all Commission legislative proposals and communications, from the time they are sent to the Council or to the European Parliament until they are adopted, rejected or withdrawn. Links allow one to follow through to available electronic texts (COM documents, Official Journal, Bulletin of the European Union, documents of the European Parliament, press releases etc.).

This site provides a daily view of the activities of the European Union as presented by the Commission, the Council and other EU institutions in their press releases.

This is a bibliographical database containing references to more than 250,000 documents sorted into four sectors: Community legislation; official publications; articles from periodicals; and opinions from both sides of industry.

Develops and operates several databases in conjunction with Member States’ Customs and Taxation Services. The databases are part of the information systems of Taxation and Customs Union.

The Tenders Electronic Daily contains European calls for tender published in the Official Journal Supplement S of the European Communities.

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the Euro

Euro – one currency for Europe :
The official European Commission euro website.

ECB – European Central Bank

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EC offices in the EU

Click here for a complete list of Representations in the EU

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EC delegations

Click here for a complete list of delegations on the web.
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R&D / Information society

The Community Research and Development Information Service. It helps you find projects, partners and results in your area.

The European Registry for Internet Domain Names. Operates the .eu top level domain since April 2006.

Provides an entry point for all European Commission policies and activities related to the Information Society.

This website provides online news and analysis on the emerging results from Information Society Technologies research. The service reports on prototype products and services ready for commercialisation as well as work in progress and interim results with significant potential for exploitation.

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