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"A bad day for Europe"?

Juncker’s nomination was not a sudden, not an unexpected and not even a distinct event. Neither does it spell an end to the European Council’s dominance in constitutional politics or make EU reform less likely.
Dr Christine Reh
2 July 2014
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Starts: Jul 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM

When anger masks apathy

As a closer look at the European Parliament Elections in Central and Eastern Europe suggests, it may be non-voting, rather than populist protest voting, which could prove the real long-term threat to sustainability of the EU’s troubled democratic institutions.
Dr Sean Hanley
2 June 2014 More...

Starts: Jun 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The Eighth European Parliament: More Politicisation

Despite “shocks” & “earthquakes” that took place at the national level, the European Parliament remains mainly pro-EU. Why did the rise of Eurosceptics not make more of an impact, and what do the results mean for the 8th European Parliament?
Alexander Katsaitis
27 May 2014 More...

Starts: May 27, 2014 12:00:00 AM

UCL European Institute

EU Resource Area


This section of our website provides you with a comprehensive overview of existing online resources for the study of the European Union, as well as a directory of relevant institutions, libraries and archives. Please visit the subject heading links on the right to view full details. Should you want to suggest further items to be added to the collection, or have any other comments or queries, please just email us.


General Information



EUROPA
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, including institutions and bodies, departments and services, policies, activities, and citizens’ rights.

Fact sheets on the European Union
The Fact Sheets provide an overview of European integration and of the European Parliament's contribution to that process. They were created in 1979 for the Parliament's first direct elections. Since then they have been reviewed and rewritten regularly. The Fact Sheets are of use to non-specialists, professionals, officials and students alike whose work relates to European affairs.

How the EU works
A very general introduction to the EU and its institutions.

European Commission: Policies
Overview of EU activities in all areas, from agriculture to transport.

Budget
All details on EU financial programming and budgets.

Glossary
This glossary lists key EU concepts and terms; it is still being revised following the signing of the Lisbon Treaty.

EU Whoiswho
An electronic directory of managers and services in the EU institutions, bodies and agencies. Find what you want in any of the EU's official languages. You can search the EU Whoiswho in three ways: by person, by organisational entity (directorate or department) and by hierarchical order.

EuroVoc
This is a multilingual, multidisciplinary thesaurus covering the activities of the EU, and the European Parliament in particular. It contains terms in 23 EU languages (Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish), plus Serbian. It is managed by the Publications Office.

Votewatch.eu
Votewatch is an independent website set up to promote better debates and greater transparency in EU decision-making by providing easy access to, and analysis of, the political decisions and activities of the European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers.

Get involved in European policy-making
Want to have a say on EU topics? This site has details on the European Citizens' Initiative, Public consultations, Petitions to the European Parliament, the Commission at Work (Notifications and Transparency Register), and Formal complaints.

European Commission Representation in the UK
The European Commission's UK Representation provides background briefings and comment for the media, report back to Brussels on developments in the UK and provide information about the EU.

European Parliament Office in the UK
Information on the EP's work, including through dissemination, publications, press briefings, teaching resources and liaising with interest groups. They also maintain a directory of UK MEPs.

EU Select Committee (UK House of Lords)
The European Union Committee of the UK Parliament considers EU documents and other EU-related matters in advance of decisions being taken on them. This website offers news, publications and comments relating to the work of the Committee.

European Scrutiny Committee (UK House of Commons)
The Committee assesses the legal and/or political importance of draft EU legislation deposited in Parliament by the Government. This website offers news, publications and comments relating to the work of the Committee.