Publications Office of the European Union

The Publications Office of the European Union (Publications Office) is an inter-institutional office of the European Union, established in Luxembourg in 1969, that serves as the official publisher of the EU institutions, agencies and bodies (see Decision 2009/496/EC, Euratom).

Publications Office of the European Union
Type EU Interinstitutional body
Seat Luxembourg

As such, it is the central provider of access to publications of the European Union including legal publications (prominently the Official Journal of the European Union), public procurement notices, open data and applications.

The Publications Office makes this content available in a variety of digital and physical formats with the aim of facilitating access to and reuse of all official information coming from the EU as well as ensuring its long-term preservation.

To this end, it manages a suite of websites providing access to its various information collections (different types of publications). These sites are:

  • Community Research and Development Information Service (Cordis), the European Commission’s primary source of results from the projects funded by the EU’s framework programmes for research and innovation (FP1 to Horizon 2020).
  • EUR-Lex, the gateway to EU law, providing free access to, and information about, public legal documents from the European Union.
  • EU Publications, the online library of the European Union containing approximately 100 000 titles of various formats (books, reports, studies, reviews, summaries, factsheets, booklets, magazines, leaflets, posters and so on), themes, purposes and intended audiences. Electronic versions of the available publications can be viewed or downloaded free-of-charge. Print copies, when available, can also be ordered through the site, in most cases for free; exceptions and conditions however apply.
  • Ted (Tenders Electronic Daily), the online version of the Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union, dedicated to European public procurement. It is the official entry point to all business opportunities involving public procurement contracts for values above EU thresholds (EUR 144 000) in the European Union, the European Economic Area and beyond.
  • EU Whoiswho, the official directory of the European Union administration, with professional contact information of over 40 000 individuals, including Members of the European Parliament as well as managers and employees of the EU institutions, agencies and bodies.
  • The EU Vocabularies website providing free public access to controlled vocabularies managed by the EU institutions, agencies and bodies.
  • the Publications Office online public access catalogue (OPac), allowing librarians or other information professionals, to search in more than 330 000 individual bibliographic records and download metadata of their selected publications into their own catalogues.

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