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European Documentation Centre Classification

Following the decision to create a European Documentation Centre (EDC), a special system of arrangement was devised for the documents and publications.

  • This system groups the documents/publications primarily by issuing body (i.e. the European Community/European Union and the Council of Europe).
  • There is a further subdivision for the main constituent organs (e.g. the European Parliament) and then another subdivision  by subject where the amount of documentation produced requires it (i.e. the European Commission).
  • A third subdivision classifies information  by form, i.e. periodicals (33), series (66) and monographs (99).

The result is a meaningful sequence rather than a classification system as such.   


Example EDC Shelf Number

EDC  = European Documentation Centre

EC  = European Commission

MD  = Employment

99  = Monograph




Note that for EC/EU statistics by Eurostat the classification scheme used is the Classification of Statistical Data

Example: EDCSTA FS-CL for EU statistics on labor force 

European Union

EC-AA: General EU Publications

EC-BB: European Parliament

EC-BP: European Parliament Political Groups  


EC-CC: Council of the European Union

EC-DD: ACP-EC Convention of Lomé

EC-EE: Other Association/Cooperation Agreements                               

European Commission (by policy area)

EC-FF: General Publications

EC-GF: External Relations, Foreign Trade

EC-GG: External borders

EC-GP: Development

EC-HF: Legal Affairs

EC-HP: Economic, Monetary and Financial Affairs

EC-KF: Taxation

EC-KP: Internal Market, Competition

EC-LC: Industry

EC-LG: Energy

EC-LP: Agriculture

EC-LQ: Maritime Affairs, Fisheries

EC-LT: Transport

EC-LW: Regional Policy

EC-MC: Social Affairs

EC-MD: Employment

EC-MF: Women's Affairs

EC-MG: Environment

EC-MK: Consumer Affairs

EC-ML: Enlargement

EC-MM: Justice and Home Affairs 

EC-MP: Education, Cultural Affairs

EC-MW: Science, Technology, Research

EC-NF: Information

EC-NP: Documentation & Bibliography

EC-NQ: Terminology

Other EU institutions, (specialised) bodies, agencies

EC-PS:  European Court of Justice (ECJ)

EC-QS:  European Court of Auditors (ECA)

EC-RS:  European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

EC-RT:  Committee of the Regions (CoRs)

EC-SS:  European Investment Bank (EIB)

EC-ST:  European Banking Authority (EBA)

EC-TS:  Monetary Committee

EC-TW: European Training Foundation (EIT)

EC-VF:  European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF)

EC-VP:  European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPO)

EC-VS:  European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound)

EC-VT:  European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

EC-VU:  European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)

EC-VW: Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM)

EC-VX: European Defence Agency (EDA)

EC-VY:  Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO)

EC-VZ: European Asylum Support Office

EC-WH: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

EC-WP: European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (FRONTEX)

EC-WS:  European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)

EC-WT:  European Central Bank (ECB)

EC-WU: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) former European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia

EC-WV: Europol

EC-WW:  European Environment Agency (EEA)

EC-WX:  European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)

EC-WY: European Medicines Agency (EMA) former European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products (EMEA)

EC-WZ: Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)

Council of Europe

CO-AA: Parliamentary Assembly

CO-BB: Committee of Ministers

CO-FF: General publications

CO-GG: Press and Information

CO-HH: Human Rights

CO-HK: Court of Human Rights

CO-KK: Legal affairs

CO-AA: Parliamentary Assembly

CO-BB: Committee of Ministers

CO-FF: General publications

CO-GG: Press and Information

CO-HH: Human Rights

CO-HK: Court of Human Rights

CO-KK: Legal affairs


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