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EUR-Lex is a legal information system (ie a database of legal content) which has a direct free access to the legislation of the European Union offers and other documents classified as public.


EUR-Lex went live in the summer of 1998 and provides access to the Official Journal of the European Union . The portal emerged from the CELEX database . The oldest documents date from 1951.

The website contains more than 3 million documents in the 24 official languages. It is updated daily and, according to the European Union Publications Office, which is responsible for the offer, expanded with around 12,000 documents per year.

The offer has several million users per month. A total of 50 million visits, 38 million visitors, 211 million pages visited and 27 million documents consulted were recorded there in 2017. In 2016 there were 39 million visits, 29 million visitors, 203 million pages visited and 24 million documents consulted.


EUR-Lex enables direct access to the Official Journal of the European Union and thus to all legislative acts published in it (L series), notifications and notices as well as the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union (C series).

In addition to the search function, the content can be accessed via the portal's interface, which is divided into: the Official Journal, EU law and related documents (including EFTA documents, preparatory work, parliamentary questions from the European Parliament and international agreements), access to national law of the member states via the N-Lex portal and evidence of the legislative process. In particular, consolidated versions of legal acts can also be accessed via the portal; they are not official. With EuroVoc , a multilingual thesaurus for EU terms is available that can also be used for translations in searches.

All documents have a CELEX number and can be referenced externally via a permalink .

In addition to a number of RSS feeds for standard searches, users who set up an account on EUR-Lex can create individual feeds. The language of the EUR-Lex user interface can also be selected in the account. Registered users can save documents in their account and keep them ready for their work in their own collections.


Web links

Commons : EUR-Lex  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Online news. In: Handelsblatt. August 18, 1998. page 42.
  2. Usage statistics. In: Retrieved April 13, 2018 .
  3. Usage statistics. In: Retrieved April 13, 2018 .
  4. EuroVoc. Retrieved April 13, 2018 .