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CELEX stands for "Comunitae Europea LEX" (law of European Communities).


The CELEX was the computerized system that allowed search, examine, extract and print European Communities legislation.


1st paper prototype by Hélène Bernet

CELEX was replaced by EUR-Lex and many fit-to-purpose systems. Definitely CELEX was shut down in 2007, but the The Celex number, the fundamental metaphor of the CELEX IA, keeps to be used unchanged in all current legal systems.

Extensive indexing and sophisticated cross-referencing features made it possible to know the state of a legal act at any given point in time.

CELEX content

  • Community Legislation
    • Treaties
    • Secondary legislation
    • National measures
    • Supplementary legislation
    • Agreements
  • Case-law
  • Preparatory Work
  • Parliamentary Questions
  • National provisions implementing directives
  • Official Journal of the European Communities - L and C series
  • European Court reports
  • Commission proposals, final documents, etc.
  • Legislation - twice a week
  • Court decisions and parliamentary questions - monthly
  • Preparatory acts - 1-3 times a month
  • National provisions implementing directives - variable.
all EC official languages (9 in total - English, French and seven other languages)

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