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1. Structure of the Official Journal

1.1. General structure

The Official Journal of the European Union consists of three series:

L series: Legislation,
C series: Information and Notices,
S series: Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union.

Official Journals of the L and C series are published daily.

In addition, separate issues may be published because of the size, urgency or importance of particular texts.

(a)

L series

The L series covers the following sections:

legislative acts (L I),
non-legislative acts (L II),
other acts (L III),
acts adopted before 1 December 2009 under the EC Treaty, the EU Treaty and the Euratom Treaty (L IV) (temporary section),
corrigenda.

See also Section 1.2 ‘L series’.

(b)

C series

The C series covers the following sections:

resolutions, recommendations and opinions (C I),
information (C II),
preparatory acts (C III),
notices (C IV),
announcements (C V),
corrigenda.

See also Section 1.3 ‘C series’.

The C series is supplemented by the C … A and C … E series. The ellipses represent the daily C series edition number of the same day.

C … A series (A = Annex)
This series is reserved for the publication of open competitions, vacancy notices and common catalogues (varieties of agricultural species etc.).
C … E series (E = electronic)
This series is reserved for the publication of certain texts, such as Council positions under the ordinary legislative procedure or minutes and texts adopted by the European Parliament. They are available on the EUR-Lex site and on the monthly DVD.
OJ C 137, 27.5.2010
OJ C 137 A, 27.5.2010
OJ C 137 E, 27.5.2010

Given the number of different acts published in the C series, there is a greater variety of form (typographical presentations) than in the L series, but the rules to be complied with are the same for both.

(c)

S series

The S series (S = supplement) is for the publication of calls for tender for public contracts, as well as notices from the European Development Fund and other institutions, bodies, offices and agencies. It is available on the internet (TED database) and on DVD.

Last updated: 28.2.2011
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