European databases and libraries
CORDIS – Community Research and Development Information Service
This service aims to provide information about research projects funded by the European Union under the auspices of the Research and innovation programme, as well as the results of these projects. CORDIS is intended to make scientific research more accessible to a wider public and provide detailed research outcomes to professionals in the relevant fields.
CURIA – Court of Justice of the European Union/Case-law
As the European Union's source of case law, the Court of Justice is charged with ensuring that Union Law is applied and interpreted consistently across all member states, working together with national courts.
Open data portals ensure the accessibility of public sector data and information compiled or acquired by authorities as well as the free reusability of public sector data by the general public.
data.europa.eu is central to the EU's open data strategy. By ensuring easy and free access to data, its innovative use and economic potential can be enhanced. Provided the source is acknowledged, data can be used freely for commercial and non-commercial purposes.
DORIE – Documentation et Recherche sur les questions Institutionnelles Européennes
This database contains a selection of documents, minutes of meetings, press releases, newspaper articles, speeches by European heads of state and government and internal memos produced by European Commission services, as well as documents on overarching institutional issues and various intergovernmental conferences. The collection covers the reporting period from 1946 to the present day.
EU Publications Office
EU Publications provides access to publications by EU institutions, bodies, and other authorities. Users can also look up, order and, in most cases, download full text versions of the publications free of charge. EU Publications maintains an online catalogue and an archive of all EU publications, both of which are accessible to its users.
EUR-Lex makes the body of European Union law publicly available and grants official, comprehensive access to EU legal documents. The portal is available in all 24 of the European Union's official languages, and is updated on a daily basis. Along with access to the Official Journal of the European Union, EUR-Lex also provides free access to the comprehensive body of EU legislation, including treaties, Community law, legislative procedures and international agreements, as well as preparatory documents (legislative proposals, Green Papers, White Papers, etc.), EU case-law, international conventions, EFTA documents and EU budget plans. Documents are available within a maximum of three days following publication. The same document can be viewed in up to three different language versions simultaneously.
EUR-Lex also provides an insight into the legislative process. By documenting everything from the initial proposal to the adoption of the final text, it allows readers to get a better understanding of EU law.
You can find more information about searching and using EUR-Lex on the help pages and in the e-learning module.
European Union Newsroom – the European Union Press Office
This portal provides access to the latest official press materials from all the EU's institutions, agencies and bodies, as well as practical information for journalists.
European Committee of the Regions
The Committee of the Regions (CoR) is the voice of regions and cities within the EU. It advises the European Parliament, the Council or the Commission and represents local and regional authorities across the EU, as well as submitting official opinions on new legal provisions.
European Economic and Social Committee
The European Economic and Social Committee is an advisory body of employers, trade unions, farmers, consumers and other interest groups. It serves as the voice of organised civil society in Europe.
The portal provides access to opinion, briefing and position papers as well as resolutions.
European Regional Database – ARDECO
The European Regional Database (ERD) was originally published by the consulting firm Cambridge Econometrics, but is now operated by the Directorate-General for Regional Policy and Urban Development, and provides regional statistical data free of charge.
The Annual Regional Database of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (ARDECO) provides regional data on growth, convergence, competitiveness and demographics throughout Europe for the statistical territories NUTS1, NUTS2 and NUTS3. The data is updated twice a year, following the publication of the European Commission's Spring and Autumn Forecasts.
EUROSTAT is the statistical office of the European Union. It provides high-quality statistics and data about Europe, and works closely with national statistical offices and other national authorities to produce Europe-wide statistics. The alliance of European national statistical authorities, sometimes referred to as the European Statistical System (ESS), also includes the national statistics offices of Switzerland and European Economic Area (EEA) member states.
EuroVoc – the EU's multilingual, multidisciplinary thesaurus
This thesaurus contains keywords covering 21 different subject areas used to describe documents within EUR-Lex.
HUDOC – The European Court of Human Rights
The database of the European Court of Human Rights publishes all the decisions and judgments reached by Committees, Chambers and Grand Chambers. Specific search functions allow users to search for judgments and decisions based on a range of criteria.
Register of European Commission documents
This register allows access to various types of documents produced by the European Commission, such as proposals, impact assessments, official communications, delegated and implementing acts, decisions, agendas, and the minutes of meetings of the College of Commissioners.
"Spot and fight disinformation"-learning corner
This page is designed to educate young people on disinformation. It also provides a range of materials teachers can access to help recognise and combat disinformation.
OEIL – The Legislative Observatory, the European Parliament's database for monitoring the EU decision-making process
The database covers all ongoing and completed procedures and associated documents from July 1994 onwards, and retains all documents forwarded to the Parliament by the Commission for information for the period of one year.
RAPID – The European Commission press room
This database provides access to documents from the Commission spokesperson's service.
The European Commission Library