1.2. L series
1.2.1. Classification of acts
The sections and subsections are listed in order below (see also EUR-Lex and Visual Guide – Official Journal typographical rules).
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 that are adopted:
L I also covers the European Union’s budget (along with any related amending budgets), as it is adopted according to a special legislative procedure.
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 that 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 that 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.)), along with 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 (now obsolete) included acts adopted before 1 December 2009 under the EC Treaty, the EU Treaty and the Euratom Treaty.
Within each section, acts are classified according to two criteria: