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European Commission
Advocacy Toolbox

This toolbox gives access to online tools to help advocates access essential information on EU decision-making and influencing efficiently.

Access to document requests - AskTheEU.org

Consult the outcome of requests for access to documents of EU institutions under Regulation 2001/1049 or file your own request. AskTheEU.org is a civil society open source platform. Requests can also be filed via the website of the institution holding the documents.

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Commission press corner

Search press material from the Commission Spokesperson's Service

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Commission work programmes for 2022 and previous years

Work programmes of the Commission from 2007 to 2022. The annexes list the new initiatives for each political priority as well as revisions, evaluations, fitness checks of existing regulations, pending proposals that will be prioritised or withdrawn, and existing legislation which the Commission proposes to repeal.

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EUR-Lex

Register of EU law, EU case law and parliamentary questions. Includes a feature to search by EU lawmaking procedures. Also includes a register of national law and case law of Member states.

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Have your say

European Commission consultation website

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Political guidelines and priorities of the von der Leyen Commission (2019-2024)

Political guidelines presented by Ursula von der Leyen to the EP in 2019 and links to the six political priorities of the current Commission.

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Regulatory Scrutiny Board

The Regulatory Scrutiny Board (RSB) is an independent body within the Commission that provides quality control on draft impact assessments, fitness checks, and on major evaluations of existing legislation.

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Secondary legislation: procedure for implementing & delegated acts

Understand the decision-making process for secondary legislation.

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Working Methods of the von der Leyen Commission (2019-2024)

Responsibilities, structure and organisation of the Commission (College, cabinets, services, Commissioners’ groups, Spokespersons' Service).

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Better Regulation Toolbox

The Commission's Better Regulation agenda is meant to ensure EU law-making is evidence-based, transparent and based on the views of stakeholders. The toolbox contains detailed advice for each step in the policy cycle based on the Better Regulation guidelines.

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Commission services

Commission DGs and other services: organisation chart.

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Commitments of Commissioners during 2019 EP hearings

Main commitments made Commissioners-designates at their hearings before the European Parliament (September-November 2019 and October 2020).

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European Ombudsman

Independent and impartial non-judicial body that holds the EU’s institutions and agencies to account. File a complaint to report maladministration by an institution. Read the reports of the Ombudsman's proactive investigations on systemic issues.

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Infringements

Search a register of decisions of the Commission on infringements of EU law by Member States. Report an infringement.

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Register of Commission Expert Groups (and other similar entities)

Register of groups advising the Commission for the preparation and implementation of legislation and policies, and of other consultative entities managed by the Commission.

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Secondary legislation: Comitology Register

Comitology procedures give Member States a say in implementing acts. The register contains a list of all comitology committees and documents that enable you to trace the different stages of an implementing act throughout its entire lifecycle. For delegated acts, see the Register of Commission Expert Groups.

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Subsidiarity control mechanism: national parliaments and EU decision-making

National parliaments have a role in EU decision-making through the subsidiarity control mechanism. Access reasoned opinions of national parliaments on Commission proposals and Commission replies. See also the 'IPEX' and 'REGPEX' tools in the EP toolbox.

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College of Commissioners & cabinets

Presentation of Commissioners and their teams. Additional information: portfolio, allocation of services, mission letter, EP confirmation hearing, calendar, meetings with stakeholders, declaration of interests.

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Commission work programme for 2023

Work programme of the Commission for 2023 adopted in October 2022. The annexes list the new initiatives for each political priority as well as revisions, evaluations, fitness checks of existing regulations, pending proposals that will be prioritised or withdrawn, and existing legislation which the Commission proposes to repeal.

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EU Whoiswho

Official directory of the EU

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Guide to drafting EU legislation

Understand the different parts of EU legislative acts and the principles that guide their drafting and amending.

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Management plans

Annual management plan of each Commission DG and service setting out main priorities and outputs for the coming year

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Register of Commission documents

Agendas and minutes of meetings held by the College of Commissioners. Proposals, impact assessments, communications, delegated and implementing acts and other Commission decisions.

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Secondary legislation: Register of delegated and implementing acts

Access to the various steps in the preparation, adoption, scrutiny and publication of secondary legislation. Calendar of meetings of expert groups advising the Commission on Delegated Acts.

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Transparency Register

What interests are being pursued, by whom and with what budgets? See also lobbyfacts.eu and www.integritywatch.eu

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