EP instruments, sources, and resources

The European Parliament, on the basis of the principle of transparency, provides citizens with access to a wide range of materials, documents, infographics, legal resources, studies, videos, and more to document and disseminate its work

2. The steps of the legislation process

The animated arrow by the European Parliamentary Research Service Blog shows the steps of a law proposal, from the proposal by the Commission to adoption. 

By clicking on the arrow, you can access the EP page Legislative Train, which allows you to monitor the progress of legislative dossiers, including the anti-discrimination directive over the 5 years of the current Parliament's term, .


This instrument monitors the EU institutional decision-making process, with particular focus on the EP. Over time, the website has extended its scope to include further information on parliamentary activity, the legislation and budgetary competences, the power of initiative, the power of appointment, and several international agreements. The site publishes in English and French the “procedure files” or “fiches de procedure”, that are constantly updated until completion of the process.


EUR-Lex allows you to access a wide range of documents in the EU's 24 official languages:

  • the official Journal of the European Union;

  • EU legislation (treaties, directives, regulations, decisions, consolidated acts, etc.);

  • preparatory acts (law proposals, reports, White Books and Green Books, etc.);

  • EU body of law (verdicts, decrees, ecc.);

  • international agreements;

  • EFTA documents;

  • the summaries of EU law, that put juridical acts into their political context and illustrate their content in a simple language;

  • other public documents.

In addition, it allows you to follow the procedures leading to the adoption of juridical acts. English-language tutorials are available to learn how to consult EUR-Lex.

IPEX (InterParliamentary EU information eXchange)

This pan-European website enables the exchange of information on EU matters between the EP and the national parliaments. The main section consists of a database of documents with law proposals; advisory and informative documents of the European Commission; parliamentary documents; and information on the EU. Each national parliament uploads its own parliamentary documents.