European Documentation Center
What is a European Documentation Center?
European Documentation Centers (EDCs) have been founded to stimulate education and research in the field of European integration. EDCs are often situated in universities. They collect information from and on the European Union (EU) and make the information available. The EDC of Tilburg University has a general character and contains publications in following fields:
- Economic and monetary issues
- Industrial policy
- Internal market
- Education and culture
- Regional development and politics
- Social development, employment and labour issues
- Energy and environment
Where to find websites and databases?
The information from and on the European Union on the Internet is very extensive. Use one of the web guides to find relevant information faster:
- European Union: Legal Information
Thematic overview of selected websites and databases to starting points, treaties, legislation, preparation of legislation, case law, legal literature and other relevant legal information.
- EU organizations: websites and publications
Survey providing a brief description of the EU institutions and bodies, links to the websites, and indications to where relevant publications can be found.
- European Union: social and economic issues
Thematic overview of selected websites and databases to help you find EU information, statistical data, news, and literature on social and economic topics
Where to find publications?
An important information source is found in the official publications published by organizations of the EU, such as the Official Journal, the case law of the Court of Justice and parliamentary records. Most of these documents are available in digital shape. Older non digital documents can be found in the library in print on microfiche or CD ROM. The table below gives a survey of the location of important official publications.
|Title publication||Language||Collection and location TiU||Digital|
|Publicatieblad L and C series||NL||1952-2003 CBM T 20000 up to and including T 20002||As from 1952 EUR-Lex|
|Official Journal L and C series||EN||1952-2003 CBM T 20004 up to and including T 20005||As from 1952 EUR-Lex|
|Offcial journal S series||NL/EN||As from 1997 CBM T 20006 JUR (CD ROM)||Actual tenders and archive last 5 years TED|
|Jurisprudentie Hof van Justitie||NL||1954-2004 CBM T 20027||As from 1954 EUR-Lex|
|Reports of Cases before the Court of Justice||EN||1954-2004 CBM T 20028||As from 1954 EUR-Lex|
|Jurisprudentie Ambtenarengerecht||NL||As from 1994 JUR Z90 JURA (loose-leaf edition)||As from 2006 EUR-Lex|
|COM-documents||NL/EN||1982-1986 CBM T 20010 1987-2002 JUR Z80 microfiches||To a large extent via EUR-Lex|
|Reports and minutes European Parliament||NL||1953-1986 CBM T 20011 1987-1996/97 JUR Z80 microfiches||As from around 1996 website European Parliament|
|Algemeen Verslag over de werkzaamheden||NL||1952-1996 CBM 691 B 03/...||As from 2000 General report|
|General report on the activities||EN||1994-1996 CBM R 02232/..||As from 2000 General report or via AEI|
|Bulletin van de EU||NL||1960-1995 CBM T 20008.||1996-2004 Bulletin EU|
|Bulletin of the EU||EN||1968-1995 CBM T 20008.||1996-2009 Bulletin EU|
Citing EU sources
Abbreviations are commonly used in referring to sources in literature or in publications of the institutions of the European Union. Experience has shown that there are quite a few differences between the quoting system used by the institutions and the one found in the legal literature.
Use for the citing of EU sources in publications in the Dutch language:
The following guides are useful for publications in English:
- EU Citations Manual (compiled by the editors of the Fordham International Law Journal)
Other useful sources with guidelines for citing EU sources:
- The English Style Guide (compiled by the European Commission Directorate-General for Translation)
- Method of citing the case-law (on the website of the Court of Justice)