Official Journal of the European Union [from Print source using APA 6th ed.]

Overview

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The Official Journal of the European Union (abbreviated to OJ) contains EU legislation, information and notices. It is divided into two main series (L for legislation and C for information and notices). Before 2003 it was called the Official Journal of the European Communities. The L series of EU legislation includes treaties, protocols, regulations, directives, decisions and opinions. The C series of EU information and notices includes summaries of judgments of the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance, statements from the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, and other documents relating to EU legislation.

Standard Form

Title of document. (Year). Title of Journal, Series Issue number, start and end pages of document.

Examples

Commission Decision of 25 March 2002 establishing the ecological criteria for the award of the Community eco-label to hard floor-coverings. (2002). Official Journal of the European Communities, L94, 13-27.

Council Decision of 13 September 2010 on the launch of automated data exchange with regard to Vehicle Registration Data (VRD) in Finland. (2010). Official Journal of the European Union, L245, 34.

Council Directive 2001/83/EC of 6 November 2001 on the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use. (2001). Official Journal of the European Union, L311, 67-128.

Council Directive 2004/27/EC of 31 March 2004 amending Directive 2001/83/EC on the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use. (2004). Official Journal of the European Union, L136, 34-57.

Council Directive 2010/66/EU of 14 October 2010 amending Directive 2008/9/EC laying down detailed rules for the refund of value added tax, provided for in Directive 2006/112/EC, to taxable persons not established in the Member State of refund but established in another Member State. (2010). Official Journal of the European Union, L275, 1-2.

Council Regulation (EC) 1707/2005 of 18 October 2005 establishing unit values for the determination of the customs value of certain perishable goods. (2005). Official Journal of the European Union, L274, 3-8.

The Stockholm programme: an open and secure Europe serving and protecting citizens. (2010). Official Journal of the European Union, C115, 1-38.

Citation in Text

It has been suggested that awarding the Community eco-label will provide an added incentive to manufacturers (Commission Decision of 25 March 2002, 2002, pp. 15-18).

... automated data exchange designed to improve the traceability of vehicles (Council Decision of 13 September 2010, 2010).

... as in article 1 (Council Directive 2010/66/EU, 2010, p. 2) which sets out the criteria for the refund of value added tax.

... article 4 of the Council Regulation (EC) 1707/2005 gives clear guidance on this issue (2005, p. 4). The Stockholm programme (2010, p.23) was introduced following concerns raised by ...