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Overheid.nl and Government.nl

overheid.nlWhat is Overheid.nl and Government.nl?

Overheid.nl is the central access point to all information about government organisations of the Netherlands. Not all of this information is available in English, though.

The section 'Dutch government websites' provides a selection of interesting websites on subjects such as tourism, trade and culture. You will also find links to the English-language pages of the websites of Dutch government organisations, such as ministries, advisory boards and municipalities.

Since 2010 Dutch ministries communicate via a single website: www.rijksoverheid.nl, in English: www.government.nl

Dutch Parliament Documents are only in Dutch and accessible through the Dutch website of Overheid.nl or in the database Opmaat.

 

Searching Overheid.nl and Government.nl

Searching (Zoeken) the website Overheid.nl speaks for itself but it does not always operate flawlessly.

 

Directions to Overheid.nl and Government.nl

The websites are publicly accessible:
Overheid.nl > English

Government.nl

Europa.eu

europa.euWhat is Europa.eu?

Europa.eu is the main portal to all EU documents.
The start page contains among other things a number of entries:

  • EU by topic (Policy areas; what the European Union does, arranged by subject)
  • About the EU > Institutions and bodies (how the European Union works; a guide to the EU institutions)
  • Documents and Publications > Official documents (where to find EU documents; an online library)
  • Documents and Publications > Statistics and opion polls

The entries "EU by topic" and "Institutions and bodies" lead to information concerning the functioning of the European Union. They are a good starting point to quickly acquaint yourself with a topic.

Searching Europa.eu

There are several ways to search the Europa.eu.
1. Through the tabs mentioned above (systematic search).
2. Through Google within the Europa site. Include “site:europa.eu” in your search.

Directions to the Europa portal site

The website is publicly accessible at: europa.eu

EUR-Lex

EUR-LexWhat is EUR-Lex?

EUR-Lex is a freely accessible database containing legal documents of the EU. The system offers extensive search functions for consulting the Official Journal of the EU and mainly includes the Treaty texts, the legislation, the preparatory acts and the case law.
Through EUR-Lex you may also find, among other things, background information and summaries of legislation (About EU Law).

The Official Journal
The Official Journal of the European Union (abbreviated as OJ) is the leading publication of the EU containing the official text of legislation, information and notices. The Official Journal appears daily (Tuesday through Saturday) and may be consulted immediately through Eur-Lex.
The Official Journal consists of several sub-series. The L series contains Community legislation, the C series contains information and notices, the C E series (the electronic version of the C series) contains preparatory decisions in the legislative process. More sub-series are explained in the FAQ. From July 1, 2013, only the electronic edition of the OJ (e-OJ) is authentic and produces legal effects.

Legislation
The text of the legislation which is available through EUR-Lex has been taken from the (printed) Official Journal and supplemented with bibliographical information.

COM Documents
Legislative proposals, Communications, Reports, White Papers and Green Papers are published by the European Commission as “COM documents”. In EUR-Lex, COM documents may be found under “preparatory acts”.

Case law
Case law which is available through EUR-Lex has been taken from the (printed) edition of the European Court Reports and supplemented with recent case law which has not yet been officially published. One advantage of consulting case law through EUR-Lex is that hyperlinks allow access to related documents and that the sources of annotations to the judgments are easily viewed. Case law becomes available through EUR-Lex almost immediately after the judgment has been delivered.

Search tips
Always conduct your search using the most specific data which you have available, for instance, the document number or the Official Journal reference.

A few common options are:

  • Searching by document number (e.g. Directive 2004/35/EC; Com(2004)2; Case C-415/93):
    Homepage: 'Find results by' > Fill in the form: year + number + type
  • Search by publication reference (e.g. OJ L 164, 30.04.2004, p. 44)
    Through tab Official Journal > fill in: year + series + number; or through tab EU law and related document > legislation > published in the Official Journal
  • Searching by topic:
    Go to Advanced Search through tab EU law and related documents > legislation > search. Now you can search within a specific 'collection' or 'all documents' or 'multiple collections'. Consider the search hints. On the search results screen you can refine your query.
  • Searching for very recent legislation:
    Through the tab “Official Journal”  the OJ may be browsed directly by year, month, date, series (L or C) and issue (OJ number)

    Please note: Annotations to judgments (in fact: references to annotations) are to be found in EUR-Lex under "Bibliographic notice" under "Doctrine".

 

Tutorials on how to use EUR-Lex

Directly to EUR-Lex: eur-lex.europa.eu