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Official Journal of the EU

OJ3The  Official  Journal of the European Union , commonly referred to as "the OJ", is the official gazette of the EU and the formal source of EU legislative information. The OJ is  published daily  in  all the official languages of the EU .

The OJ was published for the first time in 1952 as a single series (A). In 1958 the A series was replaced by the P series. The P series existed from 1958 until 1967. Since January 1968 the OJ has been published in two separate series,  L (Legislation)  and  C (Information and Notices)


L series

The  L series  contains EU legislation, including:

  • regulations;
  • directives;
  • decisions;
  • recommendations;
  • opinions.

C series

The  C series  contains EU information and notices, including:

  • summaries of judgments of the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance;
  • minutes of parliamentary meetings;
  • reports of the Court of Auditors;
  • parliamentary written questions and answers from the Council or Commission;
  • statements from the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions;
  • competition notices for recruitment by the EU institutions;
  • calls for expressions of interest for EU programmes and projects;
  • other documents published pursuant to EU legislation;
  • public contracts for food aid;
  • the table of contents of the OJ CE series.

Council Regulation No 216/2013 of 7 March 2013

OJ e-only

Since 1998, an  electronic version  has been made available on EUR-Lex with every printed edition.


Where to Find the Official Journal of the EU

1953 onwards [electronic]

The full-text of all issues (A, P, L and C) are available via  EUR-Lex . The full-text of the OJ is also available via the  Westlaw database .



1952-1972 [special edition]

Official Journal of the European Communities : special edition 1952-1972

Directory of Community legislation in force as part of the OJ L series.

There is a two part index to the OJ (Alphabetical and Methodological Index). The index comes out every month and is cumulated annually. With the exception of European Court of Justice cases, there are no references to items from the C series. The Alphabetical Index is a useful way to find the documents on a specific subject for a specific year. The Methodological Table lists regulations, directives, court decisions, etc. by number. Copies of these indexes can be found at th end of the OJ print collection (Top floor, EDC area).

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