TITLE: Europa: the European Union On-Line

Access: http://europa.eu.int/

Europa is administered by the European Commission and other European institutions, and contains roughly 1.5 million documents. As the portal site of the European Union (EU), it "...provides up-to-date coverage of European Union affairs and essential information on European integration." An extensive FAQ page located under "About Europa" answers scores of questions about the Web site and its contents, and is the place to start after selecting one of eleven European languages on the initial page.

Internal links include: News (press releases, calendar of events, key issues); "Activities" (listed alphabetically from agriculture to transport); "Institutions" (Parliament, Council, Court of Justice); "Abc" (history of the EU, symbols, glossaries); "Official Documents" (law, bulletins, general report); and "Information Sources" (publications, statistics). The feature article at the top of the main site is changed frequently; at the time of this review the special feature was "Terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001 in the United States."

Current conversion tables for the Euro, as well as dates of implementation, are featured in the "News" section. The "News" section also contains a variety of other interesting information such as "The Future of Europe Debate" which features speeches by key commissioners on this topic, as well as press releases, documents and official texts, points of view, and more. One will discover links to such things as an analysis of the Irish no vote on the Nice Treaty, a news release from the Scottish Parliament, a report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, a young people's congress, and a European students' debate. A calendar of public national and European level events is also provided.

In the "Activities" section, under each topic is listed "European Union law," "Implementation of policies," and "Sources of information" that apply to that particular area. Under "Abc" the "History of the EU," an extensive year-by-year chronology back to 1946 is given.

One of the strengths of this resource is its currency; the "What's New" section "...provides a selection of news and the most recent additions to the Europa site and the sites of the other European institutions (launch of new sites, agenda of the institutions, official documents, etc.)." Possibly a bit overwhelming for the novice to the EU, this Web site is a godsend for researchers and faculty in this area. This is a very comprehensive source of information on all things EU. Highly recommended. -- Lisa

Karen Miller
Paradise Valley Community College Library
lisakaren.miller@pvmail.maricopa.edu


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