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Legal notice

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The information on this site is subject to a disclaimer, a copyright notice, rules related to personal data protection and a cookies notice.


The Publications Office maintains this website to improve public access to official databases of national laws in EU countries. The N‑Lex portal enables citizens to access databases of national laws in EU countries and search them in their own language. We try to provide up-to-date and accurate information on each country's databases as well as the structure and content of their national legal systems. If errors are brought to our attention, we try to correct them. However, the Publications Office accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to the information on this site.

Information found on the N-Lex portal is:

  • of a general nature only and is not intended to address specific circumstances

  • not necessarily comprehensive, complete, accurate or up-to-date

  • linked to external sites over which the Publications Office services have no control and for which the Publications Office assumes no responsibility

  • not professional or legal advice (if you need specific advice, you should always consult a qualified professional).

Please note that it cannot be guaranteed that a document available on-line exactly reproduces an officially adopted text.

It is our goal to minimise disruption caused by technical errors. However, some data and information on our site come from outside sources and may have been created or structured in files or formats that are not error-free. We cannot guarantee that our service will not be interrupted or otherwise affected by such problems. The Publications Office accepts no responsibility with regard to such problems incurred as a result of using the N‑Lex site or any linked external sites.

The Publications Office cannot be held responsible for the information, views and documents contained in the official national law databases the N-Lex website links to, neither for the relevance of such links, nor for any other problem occurred while using these databases. You are invited to read the disclaimer thoroughly as well as the terms and conditions of use applicable to the database concerned.

This disclaimer is not intended to limit the liability of the Publications Office in contravention of any requirements laid down in applicable national law nor to exclude its liability for matters which may not be excluded under that law.

Copyright notice

© European Union, 2006-2019

Except where otherwise stated, introductory general information regarding EU countries' database content accessible through the N-Lex website may be downloaded and reproduced for personal use or for further non-commercial or commercial dissemination, provided the source is given as follows:

'© European Union,'.

The permission granted above does not extend to any legal texts or documents available in the national databases. Users must consult the copyright notice of the database concerned for conditions regarding the downloading, reproduction or translation of texts or legal documents.

In case of doubt regarding the re-use of N‑Lex textual material, written queries may be addressed to:

Publications Office of the European Union
Resources and Logistics Directorate
Calls for Tender, Contracts and Copyright Unit
Copyright and Legal Issues Section
2, rue Mercier
2985 Luxembourg
Fax: +352 2929-42672

Protection of personal data

The EU is committed to user privacy.

The policy on protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the EU institutions is based on Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000.

Data processing – purpose

Your data are collected and processed to enable the Publications Office to answer your enquiries.

Collected personal data are treated according to the policy described in the above-mentioned Regulation.

Data will be used by Publications Office staff and contractors only, to reply to enquiries and analyse errors in order to improve the service.

The collection of data is based on voluntary agreement by the data subjects.

Data processing – controller

The controller responsible for processing these data is the head of unit OPOCE.A.1 of the Publications Office. If you have any questions about the processing of your e-mail and related personal data, do not hesitate to include them in your message, in particular if you want to view any personal data in our possession, or have it changed or deleted. You can also send a mail to: eurlex‑

Data collected

First name, last name and e‑mail (mandatory).

Organisation, country (optional).

To whom are your data disclosed?

The data collected will be treated confidentially and used only by the EUR-Lex help desk and EUR-Lex team of the Publications Office and its contractor.

Personal data are not transmitted to parties other than the recipients or outside the legal framework mentioned. However, data may be transmitted to bodies charged with monitoring or inspection tasks in accordance with EU legislation, such as OLAF or an investigating magistrate.

The Publications Office will not share personal data with third parties for direct marketing.

For how long are your data kept?

Data are kept for maximum 4 years and deleted thereafter, unless an enquiry is in progress. Then the data will be kept for the time necessary for the completion of the enquiry.

How can you access your data, check their accuracy and, if needed, correct them?

You have the right to request a copy of your personal details at any time to check the accuracy of the information held, and/or to correct or update this information. You may also ask your personal information to be deleted completely, if no enquiry from you is in progress.

To protect your privacy and security, we will take any necessary steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

What technical means and security measures are used to avoid misuse or unauthorised access?

The Publications Office has put in place – and regularly reviews and updates – appropriate physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security and correctly use the information collected.

Your enquiry is stored on our contractor's server, processed and may be e‑mailed to the expert responsible for replying.

External contractors have signed a contract with the Publications Office which legally binds them to comply with legislation on the protection and processing of personal data, specifically with Regulation (EC) No 45/2001.

Staff of the EU Publications Office who have access to personally identifiable information are required to protect this information in a manner consistent with this privacy notice by, for example, not using the information for any purpose other than to carry out the services they are performing.

What are the contact points for questions or complaints?

If you wish to access, delete or correct your personal information please e‑mail

Complaints may be addressed to the Commission's data-protection officer or the European Data Protection Supervisor.

Changes to this privacy notice

If this privacy notice is changed in any way, we will post an updated version of it on []. Regularly reviewing this page ensures that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we share it with other parties.

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