European Union

European Communities: Useful Links

 

European Institutions:

The European Union On-Line (www.europa.eu.int/)
Europa is the portal site of the European Union. It provides up-to-date coverage of European Union affairs and essential information on European integration. Users can also consult all legislation currently in force or under discussion, access the Web sites of each of the EU institutions and find out about the policies administered by the European Union under the powers devolved to it by the Treaties.
(in English, French, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish)

The European Parliament (www.europarl.eu.int/)
(in English, French, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish)

The Council of the European Union (http://ue.eu.int/)
(in English, French, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish)

The Court of Justice of the European Communities (www.curia.eu.int/)
(in English, French, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish)

The European Court of Auditors (www.eca.eu.int/)
(in English, French, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish)

The European Economic and Social Committee (www.esc.eu.int/)
(in English, French, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish)

The Committee of the Regions (www.cor.eu.int/)
The Committee of the Regions is the youngest of the European Union's institutions. It was created by the Maastricht Treaty of 1991, as a representative assembly with the job of giving local and regional authorities a voice at the heart of the European Union.
(in English, French, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish)

The European Investment Bank (www.eib.org/)
The EIB, the European Union's long-term financing institution, is an autonomous body set up to finance capital investment furthering European integration by promoting EU policies.
(in English and French)

The European Investment Fund (www.eif.org/)
The EIF is the European Union's specialised financial institution providing venture capital and guarantee instruments for the creation, growth and development of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
(in English)

The European Central Bank (www.ecb.int/)
(in English, French, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish)

The European Ombudsman (www.euro-ombudsman.eu.int/)
(in English, French, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish)

The Agencies of the European Union (www.europa.eu.int/agencies/)
There are currently thirteen Community agencies, i.e. bodies governed by European public law. They are distinct from the Community Institutions and have their own legal personality. They are set up by an act of secondary legislation in order to accomplish a very specific technical, scientific or managerial task which is specified in the relevant Community act (e.g. EEA for European Environment Agency or ETF for European Training Fondation).
(in English, French, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish)

The European Police Office (www.europol.eu.int/)
Europol is the European Law Enforcement Organisation which aims at improving the effectiveness and co-operation of the competent authorities in the Member States in preventing and combating terrorism, unlawful drug trafficking and other serious forms of international organised crime.
(in English, French, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish)


Government Site:

Spanish Presidency of the European Union (www.eu2010.es)
The website of the Spanish Presidency of the European Union. Spain holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 January to 30 June 2010 before handing over the reins to Belgium.
(in English, French, Spanish, Catalan, Galician and Basque)


Other Sites:

Europe Direct (www.europa.eu.int/europedirect/)
Europe Direct is a service to help you find answers to your questions about the European Union.
(in English, French, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish)

Team Europe Speakers (www.europa.eu.int/comm/relays/teameurope/index_fr.htm)
Team Europe is the European Commission's panel of independent conference speakers: 550 members in 15 Member states. The members are lawyers, consultants, academics etc. covering all fields of activities of the Union's policies and working languages. They are recruited by the Commission's representations in the Member States.
(in English, French, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish)

 

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