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COM documents, preparatory acts, green papers, white papers
According to EUR-Lex, "preparatory documents" include Commission legislative proposals, Council common positions, legislative and budgetary resolutions and initiatives of the European Parliament, and opinions of the European Economic and Social Committee and of the Committee of the Regions, etc. COM Documents print legislative proposals with an explanatory memorandum. Example: Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Common Fisheries Policy, COM (2011) 425 final (July 13, 2011). Green papers, white papers and other communications and reports issued by the Commission might also be printed as COM documents. If you are researching an adopted act, the final text of the adopted legislation (published in the O.J. L Series) usually provides a citation to the relevant treaty article(s) that are the basis of the legislation and to the "preparatory acts."
Finding COM documents, preparatory acts, green papers, white papers
In addition to the online access listed below, the Law Library has COM documents as follows:
EUR-Lex Simple search
Document type: COM and JOIN documents.
Preparatory Acts, Advanced search, EUR-Lex
Search for proposals based upon a certain EU treaty or legislative act, as well as search by numbers, OJ citation, full text, etc.
All Content: International Materials: European Union Materials: Legislation: European Union Preparatory Acts
Until June 1999, most legislative proposals were published in the O.J. C Series, but without the explanatory memorandum that is in the COM document. The O.J. C-E Series has published COM documents since July, 1999, with the explanatory memorandum since October 2002.
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