EUROPA is the portal site of the European Union. It provides up-to-date coverage of European Union affairs and essential information on European integration. Users can also consult all legislation currently in force or under discussion, access the websites of each of the EU institutions and find out about the policies administered by the European Union under the powers devolved to it by the Treaties.
The activity pages of the European Union provide information on the 32 subject areas in which the EU is involved, covering programmes, events, and legislation.
Each EU activity has a portal page, with links to various sources of information and an overview page, with an introduction to the subject matter in question.
The information is available in twenty-two languages (Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovenian, Slovak, Spanish and Swedish). These pages will soon be translated into Irish, and will then be available in all the official languages of the European Union. Please note that although you can see the portal pages in all these languages, most of the links within them will take readers to pages in English.
The links which appear on the portal pages are divided into the following sections:
In brief: revised every three months, the site provides a link to a general overview of a particular subject, giving the uninitiated a quick insight into the subject area.
Latest developments: consists of links to the sites of the Institutions and to various other bodies (such as the European Investment Bank) and decentralised organisations (such as agencies)
Documentation: a whole range of useful readings can be accessed from this section, including latest press releases, publications and statistics.
European Law: this section gives access to clear and concise summaries of legislation, the legal basis as contained in the Treaties and other relevant legal texts, already in force or under preparation. It also contains information on recent case-law arising from the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance.