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Council
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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Council live

Watch public deliberations and press conferences of the Council.

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EU Whoiswho

Official directory of the EU

Identify decision-makers

Guide to drafting EU legislation

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

Know rules & processes, Provide input

Presidency of the Council - Czech Republic (H2 2022)

Access the Presidency programme and calendar of events of the Cezch Presidency of the Council of the EU

Understand policies & issues, Track decision-making, Access documents

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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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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Council Document register

Access documents of the Council of the EU and European Council that have been made public or request access: legislative documents, meeting documents (agendas, minutes, conclusions, votes, outcomes), press releases.

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Council meeting calendar

Calendar of meetings of the Council and its preparatory bodies. Filter by Council configuration to access relevant meetings.

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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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Permanent Representations of Member States

Identify representatives of Member States in the Council and its preparatory bodies. Level of transparency varies for each Member State.

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Presidency of the Council - France (H1 2022)

Access the Presidency programme and calendar of events of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU

Understand policies & issues, Track decision-making, Access documents

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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Trio Presidency Programme 2022-2023 (FR-CZ-SE)

Programme of the Trio Presidency of the Council of the EU (France-Czech Republic-Sweden, January 2022-June 2023)

Understand policies & issues, Track decision-making

Council Voting System & Calculator

Understand the Council voting sytem and map Member States' positions

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Council preparatory bodies

Identify working parties and committees preparing decisions of Ministers

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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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Presidencies of the Council

List of presidencies of the Council of the EU until 2030.

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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.

Map interest groups, Provide input

Secondary legislation: procedure for implementing & delegated acts

Understand the decision-making process for secondary legislation.

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VoteWatch Europe

Analysis of votes in the EP and Council for all policy areas.

Prepare for a vote