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1.2.3. Contents

(a)

L I – Legislative acts

(a) Regulations

This section covers regulations adopted either jointly by the European Parliament and the Council (ordinary legislative procedure), or individually by one of the two institutions with the participation of the other institution (special legislative procedure):

Regulation (EU) 2015/475 of the European Parliament and of the Council
Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1939
(b) Directives

This section covers directives adopted either jointly by the European Parliament and the Council (ordinary legislative procedure), or individually by the Council with the participation of the European Parliament (special legislative procedure):

Directive (EU) 2015/254 of the European Parliament and of the Council
Council Directive (EU) 2015/121
(c) Decisions

This section covers decisions adopted either jointly by the European Parliament and the Council (ordinary legislative procedure), or individually by the Council with the participation of the European Parliament (special legislative procedure):

Decision (EU) 2015/601 of the European Parliament and of the Council
Council Decision (EU, Euratom) 2015/457
(d) Budgets

General budgets and amending budgets of the European Union are published under this heading, preceded by an act definitively adopting them:

definitive adoption (EU, Euratom) 2015/339 of the European Union’s general budget for the financial year 2015
definitive adoption (EU, Euratom) 2015/366 of Amending budget No 2 of the European Union for the financial year 2014

The number is attributed to the definitive adoption, i.e. the act preceding the general or amending budget. The general budget itself does not carry any number, whereas amending budgets are assigned a number by the author (‘Amending budget No 2 of the European Union for the financial year 2014’).

(b)

L II – Non-legislative acts

(a) International agreements

‘International agreements’ (hereinafter called agreements) in this context include agreements concluded by the European Union and/or the European Atomic Energy Community, conventions signed by the Member States, agreements, conventions and protocols established by the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States meeting within the Council, internal agreements between Representatives of the Governments of the Member States meeting within the Council, agreements in the form of exchanges of letters, etc.

Agreements, as defined above, do not have a number.

This section covers:

decisions relating to an agreement, and to which the text of the agreement is attached:

Council Decision (EU) 2015/209 of 10 November 2014 on the signing, on behalf of the European Union, and provisional application of the Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Union and the Faroe Islands associating the Faroe Islands to Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)

Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Union and the Faroe Islands associating the Faroe Islands to Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)

Council Decision (EU) 2015/105 of 14 April 2014 on the signing, on behalf of the Union, and provisional application of a Protocol to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Azerbaijan, of the other part, on a Framework Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Azerbaijan on the general principles for the participation of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Union programmes

Protocol to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Azerbaijan, of the other part, on a Framework Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Azerbaijan on the general principles for the participation of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Union programmes

decisions relating to an agreement, and to which the text of the agreement is not attached:
Council Decision (EU) 2015/1796 of 1 October 2015 on the conclusion of the Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Union and European Atomic Energy Community and the Swiss Confederation associating the Swiss Confederation to Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation and the Research and Training Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community complementing Horizon 2020, and regulating the Swiss Confederation’s participation in the ITER activities carried out by Fusion for Energy
information relating to the entry into force of agreements:
Information concerning the entry into force of the Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Union and European Atomic Energy Community and the Swiss Confederation associating the Swiss Confederation to Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation and the Research and Training Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community complementing Horizon 2020 and regulating the Swiss Confederation’s participation in the ITER activities carried out by Fusion for Energy
(b) Regulations

This section covers certain Council regulations (regulations based directly on the Treaties and implementing regulations), Commission regulations (regulations based directly on the Treaties, delegated and implementing regulations) and regulations of the European Central Bank:

Council Regulation (EU) 2015/106
Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/81
Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/281
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/52
Regulation (EU) 2015/534 of the European Central Bank … (ECB/2015/13)
(c) Directives

This section covers certain Council directives (directives based directly on the Treaties and implementing directives) and Commission directives (directives based directly on the Treaties, delegated and implementing directives):

Council Directive (EU) 2015/652
Commission Directive (EU) 2015/565
Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2015/573
Commission Implementing Directive (EU) 2015/1168
(d) Decisions

The decisions published under this section are:

decisions of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States, decisions of the Council and the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States and decisions taken by common accord between the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States:
Decision (EU, Euratom) 2015/578 of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States …
certain decisions of the European Parliament:
Decision (EU) 2015/1614 of the European Parliament
decisions of the European Council:
European Council Decision (EU) 2018/509
certain decisions of the European Parliament and of the Council:
Decision (EU) 2015/468 of the European Parliament and of the Council
certain Council decisions (decisions based directly on the Treaties, including CFSP decisions, and implementing decisions):
Council Decision (EU) 2015/1025
Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2015/156
Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/76
Commission decisions (decisions based directly on the Treaties, delegated and implementing decisions):
Commission Decision (EU) 2015/119
Commission Delegated Decision (EU) 2015/1602
Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2015/103
European Central Bank decisions:
Decision (EU) 2015/299 of the European Central Bank … (ECB/2015/5)

ECB decisions, which are also assigned a number by the institution (‘ECB/2015/5’), are published with two numbers (see Section 1.2.2 ‘Double numbering’).

NB:
Before 1 December 2009, there were two types of decision (for which certain languages used different terms): on the one hand, decisions that comprised an article mentioning the addressee(s) at the end of the enacting terms and a notification number in the title; on the other hand, sui generis decisions whose enacting terms were introduced by ‘has/have decided as follows’ (and not ‘has/have adopted this decision’). This distinction lapsed with the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon.
However, in certain cases, decisions without an addressee are used in the same way as with sui generis decisions.
(e) Recommendations

This section covers Council recommendations pursuant to Articles 121, 126, 140 and 292 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, Commission recommendations (Article 292) and recommendations of the European Central Bank (Article 292):

Council Recommendation (EU) 2015/1029
Commission Recommendation (EU) 2015/682

ECB recommendations, which are also assigned a number by the author, are published with two numbers (see Section 1.2.2 ‘Double numbering’).

Other recommendations are published in the C series.

(f) Guidelines

This section covers guidelines of the European Central Bank. These acts, which are also assigned a number by the author (‘ECB/2015/20’), are published with two numbers (see Section 1.2.2 ‘Double numbering’):

Guideline (EU) 2015/732 of the European Central Bank … (ECB/2015/20)
(g) Rules of procedure

This concerns the rules of procedure of the institutions and bodies; the rules of procedure of the offices and agencies are published in the C series.

Rules of Procedure of the Committee of the Regions
Rules of Procedure of the Court of Auditors
Amendments to the Instructions to the Registrar of the General Court

Where the rules of procedure are annexed to an act, they are published in the same section as the act.

Council Decision (EU) 2015/354 of 2 March 2015 adopting the Rules of Procedure of the Investment Facility Committee set up under the auspices of the European Investment Bank (act to which the rules of procedure is annexed)

Rules of procedure are not numbered.

(h) Acts adopted by bodies created by international agreements

This section covers decisions of bodies created by international agreements, along with the regulations of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). These acts have two numbers (see Section 1.2.2 ‘Double numbering’):

Decision No 1/2015 of the ACP-EU Committee of Ambassadors … [2015/1909]
Decision No 1/2015 of the EU-Switzerland Joint Committee … [2015/542]
Regulation No 78 of the Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations (UNECE) … [2015/145]
Decision No 3/JP/2018 … [2019/347]
(i) Interinstitutional agreements

Interinstitutional agreements regulate certain aspects of consultation and cooperation between the EU institutions and are the product of a consensus between them, i.e. they constitute a form of joint rules of procedure.

The institutions decide to publish these agreements in the L series or in the C series depending on their context, their scope and their effects.

(c)

L III – Other acts

European Economic Area

This section covers:

decisions adopted within the framework of the European Economic Area (EEA):
Decision of the EEA Joint Committee No 159/2014 … [2015/94]
acts adopted within the framework of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA):
EFTA Surveillance Authority Decision No 226/17/COL … [2018/564]
Decision of the Standing Committee of the EFTA States No 2/2015/SC … [2015/2024]
rules of procedure of the EFTA Court.

These acts, except for the rules of procedure of the EFTA Court, have two numbers (see Section 1.2.2 ‘Double numbering’).

In acts originating from the EFTA Surveillance Authority, the year mentioned in the number of the act comprises only two digits: 226/17/COL (‘COL’ being the College of the Surveillance Authority).

(d)

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

This section is temporarily maintained for the publication of acts adopted before 1 December 2009, under the EC Treaty, the EU Treaty and the Euratom Treaty.

Council Decision 2010/16/CFSP/JHA of 30 November 2009 on the signing, on behalf of the European Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and the United States of America on the processing and transfer of Financial Messaging Data from the European Union to the United States for purposes of the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program

Corrigenda

Corrigenda always come last in the Official Journal, since they may appear only in certain linguistic versions and they may differ in length and content from one language version to another. This is the only section of the Official Journal that is not synoptic. They are not numbered:

Corrigendum to Council Decision (EU) 2015/1509 of 4 September 2015 appointing an Italian alternate member of the Committee of the Regions
Last updated: 20.11.2019
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