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1 Europe on the Internet A selection of useful websites for information on the European Union and the wider Europe Ian Thomson, Director, Cardiff EDC Cardiff University College of Europe: Natolin Library Information Seminar 21 September 2013

2 Contents Searching for European information Legislative, judicial and policy-making information Keeping up to date Information on EU policies and countries Grants and loans - Statistics Contact information Terminological and linguistic information Useful websites and other sources for European information Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

3 Европа в ИнтернетЕвропа в Интернет [български] Ewrop ar y We [Cymraeg] Europa im Internet [Deutsch] Europa en Internet [Español] lEurope sur Internet [Français] Europa na Internetu [Hrvatski] l'Europa su Internet [Italiano] Európa az interneten [Magyar] Europa w Internecie [Polski] Europa na Internet [Português] Eurooppa Internetissä [Suomi] Europa på Internet [Svenska] Ewrop ar y We Europa im Internet Europa en Internet lEurope sur Internet Europa na Internetu l'Europa su Internet Európa az interneten Europa w Internecie Europa na Internet Eurooppa Internetissä Europa på Internet Other languages to follow… This guide is also available in other European languages… Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

4 Searching for European information Searching for European information The EUs own search engine to find information from EU Institutions & Agencies published on EUROPA, the EUs portal [EUROPA Search does not find information in EUR-Lex] The European Journalism Centre set up this Search Europa service, which uses the superior power of Google to search the EUROPA portal [Includes results from EUR-Lex] ECLAS is a major bibliographic index to help you find EU publications, academics books, journal articles, etc, on topics of interest to the EU [Hyperlinks to full text of sources if freely available] You can search on EU Bookshop to buy printed copies or freely download electronic copies of EU publications [Not all older publications are available electronically. Does not include EU documents] EUR-Lex is the official source of EU legislative information Search for EU documents New version expected in 2013 Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

5 Searching for European information Searching for European information The Registers of Documents from the European Parliament, Council of the European Union and the European Commission + the Comitology Register can be used to find much unpublished EU information not accessible via EUROPAEuropean Parliament Council of the European UnionEuropean CommissionComitology Register Much older EU documentation is still not available electronically from the EU itself. Try these electronic repositories from external organisations as an alternative source of older material: 1.ArchiDokArchiDok 2.Archive of European IntegrationArchive of European Integration 3. CVCE (formerly European Navigator (ENA))CVCE Google is obviously a further tool to use to find information from and about the EU and European information generally. However, do not assume that ALL such information can be found via Google. NB: Google Scholar restricts search to more academic materialGoogle Scholar Archive Repositories Search ESO for EU documentation, websites, academic books & journal articles, stakeholder information, news sources etc [Subscription service; Emphasis on English sources + a unique set of 100 Information guides to policies, institutions & countries] Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

6 Legislative Acts Primary legislation The Treaties Secondary legislation Regulations [European law] Directives [European framework law] Non-Legislative Acts European regulations European decisions Recommendations Opinions The European Union Legislative acts Further information Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

7 The Courts European Court of Justice (C cases) General Court [formerly ECFI] (T cases) Civil Service Tribunal (F cases) Judicial acts Judgments Opinions Orders The European Union: Judicial Decisions Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

8 Official Journal [1952-] Official Journal COM and JOIN Docs [1989-] COM and JOIN Docs SEC and SWD Docs [1999-] SEC and SWD Docs Directory of European Union Legislation Directory of European Union Legislation Directory of European Union Legislation in preparation Directory of European Union Legislation in preparation Simple search LexAlert Eurovoc Consolidated Legislation Legislative information Citizens Summaries: The Commission has started issuing Citizens Summaries of major legislative proposals [e.g. DG SANCO / DG AGRI / DG RTD]DG SANCODG AGRIDG RTD EUR-Lex is the official source of EU legislative information Electronic versions of older documents gradually being added [New version of EUR-LexNew version now partially launched] Summaries of EU Legislation can also be useful [to be integrated into EURLEX in 2013] Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

9 European Court of Justice: Case law CVRIA: Search page – Numerical Access CVRIASearch pageNumerical Access ECJ Press Releases Diary EUR-LEX: Search and BrowseSearchBrowse Summaries of important judgements Judicial information ECJ case law can be found via EUR-Lex or the ECJ website CVRIA Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

10 Offers links to related pages in IPEX and PreLex [see example] and Summaries of key stagesexample Offers visual timeline + multiple hyperlinks to further key sources of information Complementary databases to help you follow the progress of EU legislative proposals and other initiatives Policy-tracking: Monitoring EU legislative proposals and other initiatives Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

11 EU information review of the year 2010 Access to EU Member States National Legislation and Case Law Use EUR-Lex to find details of national legislation that implements EU law and national case law concerning EU lawnational legislation that implements EU lawnational case law concerning EU law Use N-Lex to find sources of national legislation in most EU Member States. In some cases you can also search directly for national legislationN-Lex InterParliamentary EU information eXchange allows access to reports from national parliaments concerning EU legislative proposals and initiativesaccess COSACCOSAC is the Conference of the Committees of the National Parliaments of the European Union Member States European Centre for Parliamentary Research & DocumentationEuropean Centre for Parliamentary Research & Documentation acts as a channel for requests for information whenever one parliament would like to know more about practice and policy in other countries Find links to EU Member State national legislation & caselaw through e-Justice Portal Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

12 Council of the European Union [Example] Council of the European UnionExample European Parliament European Commission Comitology Committees [Old Register] / [List of Committees]Old RegisterList of Committees [Annual Reports]Annual Reports Policy-tracking: Registers of Documents Despite failings, the various EU Registers of Documents can help you find EU documents not accessible elsewhere, especially draft documents and working party / committee papers Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

13 Policy-tracking: Transparency portal New Transparency portal launched in June 2012 brings together information to help citizens follow the EU policy-making process more easily Access to legislation Your Voice in Europe – Consultations Impact assessment Register of Expert Group Comitology (Advisory Groups) Transparency Register Access to documents (Registers of documents) Recipients of EU funds Ethics for staff Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

14 Policy-tracking : European Commission Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

15 Policy-tracking : European Commission Use this website to follow the key activities of the European Commission Five year Strategic Programme [not issued for the period but see Pres. Barrosos Political Guidelines + Update 2011]Political GuidelinesUpdate 2011 State of the Union Speech given by European Commission President launched in 2010 [ Latest SotU speech given in September 2013]SotU speech Legislative and Work Programme [ Annex + Roadmap + earlier LWPs]2013AnnexRoadmap Weekly Commission Meeting [Agenda & Minutes]AgendaMinutes Detailed day-by-day planning of Commission activities [2013]2013 Websites of Commission Directorates General & ServicesWebsites Management plans of DGs [Annual Management Plans /Annual Management Plans Annual Activity Reports / Synthesis Report]Annual Activity ReportsSynthesis Report HearingsHearings of Commissioners Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

16 Policy-tracking: The EU Budget Use this website to find information on the EU Budget The Budget Explained Multiannual Financial Framework [ / ]Multiannual Financial Framework Information on the 2013 Budget [Summary of 2013 budget] Information on the 2013 BudgetSummary of 2013 budget] Information on the 2014 Budget Texts of proposed and adopted EU Budget are also available on ECA carries out the audit of the EUs Finances Annual Reports Special Reports Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

17 Homepage Homepage of the President of the European Council Homepage of the President of the European Council Press Releases Policy-tracking: European Council Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

18 Trio Presidency Programmes 18 month Programme of the Irish, Lithuanian and Greek Presidencies, January 2013 – June month Programme of the Irish, Lithuanian and Greek Presidencies, January 2013 – June 2014 [Trio concept / Trio of Presidencies]Trio conceptTrio of Presidencies Presidency Programmes and Websites Lithuania: EU Presidency: July-December 2013 Work Programme: Focus EuropeFocus Europe Previous EU Presidency websites Presidency Conclusions Conclusions of all previous EU Presidencies, Policy-tracking: EU Presidency Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

19 Council operates at two levels Ministerial / National Officials meeting at Working Party level Ministerial Meetings of the Council at Ministerial level Web-streaming of Council events and meetings Agenda of future Council meetings: July-December 2013 National Officials meeting at Working Party level List of Council preparatory bodies [July 2013] List of Council preparatory bodies Agendas / Reports to meetings AgendasReports to meetings Policy-tracking: Council of the European Union Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

20 High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy European External Action Service (EEAS) Policy-tracking: High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

21 Activities of the European Parliament Latest information Debates Listen to debates, April EP Live EuroparlTV Minutes Texts adopted Committees Policy-tracking: European Parliament Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

22 Keeping up-to-date: Official EU sources: Web sources The entry point for the European Commissions news and media services The main database for EU Press Releases, Speeches & other news type sources Midday ExpressMidday Express / Top News / LatestTop NewsLatest Use this website to search for details of future and past events in all the EU Institutions Find all EU RSS feeds Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

23 Europe by satellite (EbS) Europarl tv EP Live Council Live TV Newsroom European Central Bank Keeping up-to-date: Official EU sources: TV / Webstreaming Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

24 General Report on the Activities of the European Union General Report on the Activities of the European Union EUROPA: Whats New Keeping up-to-date: Official EU sources Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

25 Keeping up-to-date: EU sources Keeping up-to-date: Europe Media Monitor Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

26 Web-based news sources EUObserver EurActiv Public Service Europe / EUBusiness Public Service EuropeEUBusiness Newspapers PressEurop EUFeeds Financial Times: European stories European broadcasters (EBU) European broadcasters Euronews European News from: BBC / DW / France24BBCDWFrance24 Euranet [European radio network reduced in coverage from 2013 after withdrawal of Commission financial support] Euranet EUX.TV viEUws Keeping up-to-date Non-Official Sources Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

27 Keeping up-to-date: Selection of news sources All offering European news in English Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

28 Keeping up-to-date: Social media: Blogs Blog Aggregators bring together a selection of Europe focused blogs A sample of blogs offering a range of insights on Europe Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

29 The increasing role of new media Web 2.0: Twitter Who are the key players in the EU-twittersphere? TweetLevelTweetLevel evaluates tweets Many EU Institutions, officials, MEPs, Stakeholder and news sources are using Twitter – although some question its valuevalue Keeping up-to-date: Social media: Twitter Tweet Aggregators: attempts to bring together EU tweets Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

30 The increasing role of new media Web 2.0: Facebook Facebook is also being used by the European Union Institutions (and by other European stakeholders) Keeping up-to-date: Social media: Facebook Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

31 The increasing role of new media Web 2.0: Facebook Flickr is also being used by the European Union Institutions (and by other European stakeholders) Keeping up-to-date: Social media: Flickr Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

32 EUROPA: European Union: Policies European Parliament: FactsheetsFactsheets European Commission: Directorates-General 2013: European Year of CitizensEuropean Year of Citizens A-Z Index of European Union websites Your Europe – Citizens European Sources Online: Information guides Policies / Countries Information on European Union policies and countries Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

33 Information on European Statistics Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013 Eurostat Statistics are available electronically and free of charge: Statistics A-Z Statistics by theme Browse / Search databases Latest statistics issued To use enhanced functionalities on the Eurostat website you are recommended to registerregister Some statistics are also published in printed and pdf formats but this is decreasing. Current programme

34 Information on European Statistics, Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013 Additional sources of European statistics can be found from the following organisations and sources: ESO Information Guide European Statistical Data

35 Information on EU grants and loans ESO Information Guide Funding Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

36 Beneficiaries of EU funds EU grants & loans managed by the EU Institutions EU grants & loans managed by the Member States Information on beneficiaries of EU grants and loans Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

37 Contacting the EU EU Institutions EU Agencies Contact the European Union Contact the European Union EU: WhoisWho Commission Directory Contacting the EU Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

38 Contacting the EU Contact MEPs Contacting the EU Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

39 Contacting the EU Information sources: Whom to contact Information sources: Whom to contact Europe Direct The EU in your country [Europe Direct Centres in your country] The EU in your country Contacting the EU Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

40 Contacting the EU Details of the people / representatives appointed to Expert Groups to advise the European Commission Find details of organisations that seek to influence (lobby) the EU Currently, the Register is a voluntary requirement. Transparency Register is new in 2011 and will combine the functions of the old European Commission Register of Interest Representatives and European Parliament Register of Lobbyists Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

41 Terminological information Aids for translators IATE: Interinstitutional terminology database IATE: Interinstitutional terminology database Glossary of terms Eurojargon Acronyms and abbreviations Google Translate Altavista Translation with SYSTRANS Terminological information Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013

42 For further information and help… Visit the library of the College of Europe at Natolin and ask the staff Contact Ian Thomson Cardiff EDC, Information Services, Cardiff University, PO Box 430, Cardiff, CF24 ODE, Wales Tel: +44 (0) Thank you for your attention For further information and help… Europe on the Internet © Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC, September 2013


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