1.2.2. Numbering of acts
The Publications Office provides the numbering.
The number of an act is made up of three parts, presented in the following order:
The numbering of acts varied according to the type of act, and is still used in references to these acts.
Commission Regulation (EU) No 16/2010
Decision No 284/2010/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council
Commission Decision 2010/300/EU
Commission Regulation (EC) No 23/1999
Council Decision 2010/294/EU
Council Regulation (EC) No 2820/98
The abbreviations for the domain have changed over the years as new treaties and amendments to the Treaties have been adopted.
Acts have a sequential number assigned from one of the co-existing series, and the order of the elements depends on the type of act.
Regulation (EU) No 641/2010
The numbering of regulations has evolved over time. The various stages are:
Regulation No 17
Regulation No 1009/67/EEC
Regulation (EEC) No 1470/68
For directives, the year is followed by the sequential number and the abbreviation:
Council Directive 2010/24/EU
From 1 January 1992 to 31 December 2014, these numbers were assigned by the General Secretariat of the Council following adoption.
Some older directives have an ordinal number in the title:
First Council Directive 73/239/EEC
For decisions published under L I, the sequential number is followed by the year and the abbreviation:
Decision No 477/2010/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council
Decisions adopted in accordance with a legislative procedure are assigned numbers from the same series as regulations (Decision No 477/2010/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, Commission Regulation (EU) No 478/2010, Commission Regulation (EU) No 479/2010, etc.).
For decisions published under L II, the year is followed by the sequential number and the abbreviation:
Council Decision 2010/294/EU
The definitive adoption of the general budget and of the amending budgets have a number that is present in the table of contents and on the title page (e.g. ‘2010/117/EU, Euratom’) but is not cited in references.
Certain acts may have two numbers:
Decision (EU) 2015/299 of the European Central Bank … (ECB/2015/5)
Political and Security Committee Decision (CFSP) 2015/711 … (ATALANTA/4/2015)
Decision No 1/2015 of the ACP-EU Committee of Ambassadors … [2015/1909]
Decision of the EEA Joint Committee No 159/2014 … [2015/94]
EFTA Surveillance Authority Decision No 226/17/COL … [2018/564]
Regulation No 78 of the Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations (UNECE) … [2015/145]
Acts relating to the European Economic Area (EEA) or to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and regulations of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) only have a number assigned by the author.
Unnumbered acts and other texts
Some acts and other texts are not numbered, such as: