The European Union (EU) [preceded by the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), European Economic Community (EEC), and European Community (EC)] has become an important institution, both in Europe and on the world stage. During its development since the 1950s, the EU has produced a huge quantity of publications and documents about its activities. The most thorough guide to the various kinds of EU documentation is European Information: a guide to official sources.
Once available only in paper or fiche, in the mid-1990s the EU began creating websites upon which they have placed an increasingly larger percentage of its publications and documents, and nearly all published since 2001 are available on EU websites. To locate EU documents, see Accessing EU Documents Online and Accessing EU Paper Documents. This general guide will be supplemented by guides for individual EU policy areas. These guides will contain links to three sources: