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1.2. L series

1.2.1. Classification of acts

The sections and subsections are listed in order below (a more complete list is available on the EUR-Lex website and in the Visual guide — Official Journal typographical rulesPDF).

Official Journal — L series
L I — Legislative acts
Regulations
Directives
Decisions
Budgets
L II — Non-legislative acts
International agreements
Regulations
Directives
Decisions
Recommendations
Guidelines
Rules of procedure
Acts adopted by bodies created by international agreements
L III — Other acts
European Economic Area
L IV — Acts adopted before 1 December 2009 under the EC Treaty, the EU Treaty and the Euratom Treaty
NB:
The order in which the authors appear in each section (‘Regulations’, ‘Directives’, etc.) can be found in Section 3.4.2.
Under Section L II, in ‘Regulations’, ‘Directives’ and ‘Decisions’, in accordance with the order mentioned above and for the authors concerned, the acts are classified in the following order: 1. acts based directly on the Treaty; 2. delegated acts; 3. implementing acts (for examples, see the EUR-Lex website).

Sections

Acts published in the L series of the Official Journal are divided into various sections.

L I — Legislative acts

This section covers ‘legislative acts’ (within the meaning of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)): regulations, directives and decisions which are adopted:

by ‘the ordinary legislative procedure’ (joint adoption by the European Parliament and the Council),
by ‘a special legislative procedure’ (adoption by the Council with the participation of the European Parliament or adoption by the Parliament with the participation of the Council).

L I also covers the European Union’s budget (as well as any related amending budgets), as it is adopted according to a special legislative procedure.

NB:

Before 1 December 2009, the general budget of the European Union was published under Section L II, with the title ‘Final adoption of the general budget of the European Union’. Moreover, the statements of revenue and expenditure of the agencies which were published in the L series are now to be found in the C series.

L II — Non-legislative acts

This section covers ‘non-legislative acts’ within the meaning of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union: regulations, directives and decisions which are not adopted by legislative procedure (delegated acts (Article 290) and implementing acts (Article 291) and acts based directly on the Treaties (acts relating to international agreements, CFSP decisions, etc.)), as well as other acts, such as recommendations and ECB guidelines.

L III — Other acts

This section groups together the ‘other acts’, such as those of the European Economic Area.

L IV — Acts adopted before 1 December 2009 under the EC Treaty, the EU Treaty and the Euratom Treaty

This temporary section includes acts adopted before 1 December 2009 under the EC Treaty, the EU Treaty and the Euratom Treaty.

Classification

Within each section, acts are classified according to two criteria:

(a)
according to their type (regulation; directive; decision);
(b)
then, if necessary, according to the order of publication of the originating institutions (see Section 3.4.2): European Parliament, European Council, European Parliament and the Council, Council, European Commission, Court of Justice of the European Union, European Central Bank, Court of Auditors, etc.
Last updated: 13.7.2017
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