What we do

The Publications Office publishes the daily Official Journal of the European Union in 23 languages

The Publications Office publishes the daily Official Journal of the European Union in 23 official EU languages (24 when Irish is required).

As of 1 July 2013, the electronic edition of the OJ (e-OJ) is authentic and produces legal effects (Regulation (EU) No 216/2013).

Each year, the Publications Office produces numerous publications in the context of the policies and the communication activities of the EU institutions and other bodies and makes them available in paper or electronic format.

Each year, the Publications Office produces numerous publications in the context of the policies and the communication activities of the EU institutions and other bodies and makes them available in paper or electronic format.

Online services

The Publications Office manages various websites that offer specific services to the European citizens:

  • EUR-Lex

    EUR-Lex provides free access to European Union law in the 23 official EU languages (24 when Irish is required). It also permits the following of legislative procedures. The database is updated daily and contains more than 3 million items with some texts dating back to 1951.  

    A short video explains what EUR-Lex is and how it can be useful. The video is in English, with subtitled versions in 24 EU languages.

  • EU Bookshop

    EU Bookshop is an online library and bookshop of publications from the institutions and other bodies of the European Union.  

  • EU Open Data Portal

    The EU Open Data Portal is the single point of access to data from the institutions and other bodies of the European Union.

  • TED

    Ted (Tenders Electronic Daily) is the online version of the ‘Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union’, dedicated to European public procurement. In TED around 1 700 public procurement notices are published daily.

  • EU Whoiswho

    EU Whoiswho is the official directory of the European Union. It lists the contact addresses of all EU institutions and other bodies.

  • CORDIS

    CORDIS (the Community Research and Development Information Service) is the European Commission’s primary public repository and portal used to disseminate information on all EU-funded research projects and their results in the broadest sense.

Tools and manuals

  • The Interinstitutional style guide contains stylistic rules and conventions which must be used by all EU institutions and bodies. It exists in the 24 official EU languages (Croatian in draft version).

  • Eurovoc is a multilingual, multidisciplinary thesaurus covering the activities of the EU, the European Parliament in particular. It contains terms in 23 official EU languages, plus Serbian.

  • The Metadata Registry (MDR) contains metadata definitions, controlled value vocabularies (authority tables) and other reference data for consultation, validation and reuse purposes in human and machine-readable format.

Annual Activity Reports

Annual Activity Report in 2015: AAR 2015 pdf - 506 KB [772 KB] - Annex 1 excel - 100KB [103 KB] - Annex 2 excel - 73KB [66.5 KB] - Annex 3 excel - 96KB [97.5 KB]

Annual Activity Report in 2014: AAR 2014 pdf - 506 KB [953 KB] - Annex 1 excel - 100KB [100 KB] - Annex 2 excel - 73KB [73 KB] - Annex 3 excel - 96KB [96 KB]

Annual Activity Report in 2013: AAR 2013 pdf - 506 KB [506 KB] - Annexes pdf - 348 KB [348 KB]