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European Documentation Centre (EDC)
The European Documentation Centre (EDC) was established in 1993 following an agreement between the University of Florence and the European Commission. Its aim is to disseminate EU policies and issues towards the academic community, offering students and teaching staff an overview of the main sources of information about the EU.
The School of Political Sciences "Cesare Alfieri", selected as a recipient of all publications issued by the EU institutions, has hosted the EDC since its foundation. In 2009 the Centre became part of the Social Sciences Library.
The rich archive of EDC documents covers all areas of concern of the EU and it is constantly updated. It is possible to launch bibliographic searches through OneSearch. All print publications are located on 1st floor of the library.
All EDC materials are organized in 17 thematic sections according to the official EU Publications Office Scheme.
Other documents included in the EDC are COM and SEC documents; advices from the Committee of the Regions and the Economic and Social Committee; the complete series of the Official Journal of the EU and the case-law of the European Court of Justice.
The Library has dedicated desks to consult EDC documents, CD-ROMs, EU institutional websites and databases.
A specific reference service is available by appointment. The librarian in charge of the EDC: Benedetta Calonaci.
02 Custom union and commercial policy
03 Agriculture, Silviculture and Fisheries
04 Employment and labour
05 Social Questions
06 Law and procedures
08 Competition and undertakings
10 Economic questions
11 External Relations
13 Regional Policy
15 Scientific and Technical Research
16 Information, Education, Culture
EU Websites and Databases
- Official website of the European Union
- Official website of the European Council
- Official website of the European Parliament
- Information Office of the European Parliament in Italy
http://www.europarl.it/ (in italian)
- Official website of the European Commission
- European Commission Representation Office in Italy
http://ec.europa.eu/italia/index_it.htm (in italian)
- Official website of the Council of Europe
- Network of the European Documentation Centres (EDC) in Italy
http://www.cdeita.it/ (in italian)
- Wiki of the European Documentation Centres (EDC) in Italy
http://www.wikicde.cnr.it/ (in italian)
Listed below are the main databases pertaining to European matters. The complete list is on the EUROPA portal.
Another list is available on the website of Italian EDCs organised by theme.
- EUR LEX
the official source for EU legislative and judicial information. Available in all the offcial European languages
common gateway to EU national legislation
The European Parliament Legislative Observatory
official website of the European Court of Justice
official website of EUROSTAT, the statistical office of the EU
the EU's Mutual Information System on Social Protection; it provides detailed, comparable and updated information about national social protection systems in English, French and German
European Commision press release database
- SUMMARIES OF EU LEGISLATION
they inform on the main aspects of EU legislation, policies and activities in a clear and concise way
- "Tenders electronic daily" is the supplement to the official journal with public tenders and competitions
The European Commission Library Automated System is the unified catalogue (OPAC) of the libraries of the European Commission.