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European Union Research: COM docs, preparatory acts, proposed legislation, green/white papers

This guide covers essential EU law-related sources in print and online. Links go to online sources or to more information about sources owned by the NYU Law Library.

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:

Tracking proposed legislation

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 paperswhite 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."