Internet sites for European studies

  • European Union

    • Europa: the official web site of the European Union includes news, official documents, statistics. The following sections may be useful:
      • European Commission - The European Commission is the source of policy initiatives within the European Union. It also acts as the EU executive body and guardian of the Treaties.
      • EU law and publications - The Publications Office provides access to official documents from the EU including Green and White Papers via this web site.
      • Eurostat - offers a wide range of free EU statistics.
    • CURIA: Court of Justice of the European Communities Includes current case law and full-text judgements.
    • The European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom - The European Commission has offices, called Representations, in all the Member States of the European Union. The main UK office is in London with smaller ones in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh. Their role includes representing the Commission as its voice in the UK media and keeping the European Commission informed about political, economic and social development in the UK.
    • European Council - The Council defines the EU's overall political direction and priorities. It is not one of the EU's legislating institutions, so does not negotiate or adopt EU laws. Instead it sets the EU's policy agenda, traditionally by adopting 'conclusions' during European Council meetings which identify issues of concern and actions to take.
    • European Parliament - The Parliament acts as a co-legislator, sharing with the Council the power to adopt and amend legislative proposals and to decide on the EU budget. It also supervises the work of the Commission and other EU bodies and cooperates with national parliaments of EU countries to get their input.
      See also the European Parliament Information Office in the United Kingdom which provides information about the role and activities of the Parliament itself and the European Union more generally.

    European social, cultural and political issues

    • CESSDA : Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives
    • ERCOMER: European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations
    • Eurofound: European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
    • European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe - aims to promote co-operation between member states.
    • European Political Resources on the Net
    • Gender Equality: provides links to European Commission (EC) strategy documents, legislation, funding programmes, work programmes, publications, links to sites related to gender equality issues and institutions, and an overview of the relevant institutional policy structures.
    • Sociosite A Dutch site based at the University of Amsterdam providing links to international sites. Covers a broad range of sociological topics.
    • Socioweb A guide to sociological resources on the Internet.
    • The Trinity Migration and Employment Research Centre (TMERC) based at Trinity College, Dublin are involved in research on employment in Ireland and Europe. Projects include issues such as the increasing labour force participation of women.
    • UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) aims to promote pan-European economic integration.