Quid faciant leges, ubi sola pecunia regnat?
I have created the following masks in order to allow *anyone* to quickly fetch any EU (or United Nations') document, bypassing the
of the EU-servers and the clumsiness of their slow search engines.
To know HOW TO QUICKLY FIND *any* legislation piece is part of the cosmic power of the seekers, and
the EU proposals, directives and regulations have binding legislative power in
25 european states. Hence they MUST be translated in all their (20) languages.
This is of PARAMOUNT importance for seekers because it opens an
incredible wealth of human made (non machine) TRANSLATIONS. Thus, if you search for, say,
you'll find out how to further widen your search using this same queryterm,
on a local level through 19 other languages (three more will follow soon). Of course
even simply knowing how to find a given legislative text is important. In all human societies, the
abstruse formulations, infinite number and technical complexity
of all kind of national and supranational laws are purposely pursued
in order to allow loopholes for the powerful and bondages for the unwashed. Nothing new under the sun: Corruptissima republica, plurimae leges :-)
Hence it could be useful, for all civil society and "grass root" organisations as well,
to check quickly and easily the laws that (are supposed to) rule a world "ubi sola pecunia regnat".
Through the following masks any reader will be able to find any EU legsilative text using words, numbers, text snippets
or a combination of these elements.
Everything on this page, that supersedes the now obsolete how to find - and link to - any EU-document,
is client side, so you can just save this html file on your own box and use it at leisure wherever you are or might be.
I know that there are many agencies in the 25 member States of the EU that make money in order
to "find" EU-laws for those simpletons unable to search inside the legislative labyrinths. Through these simple, free
very powerful masks I hope to put all
such agencies out of work for ever :-)
Note that you'll (often enough) GET YOUR OJ AT ONCE (from the Europa server) if you
use the "I'm feeling lucky" option. Here an example: for OJ C 111 2004 just digit
"2004 C 111"
and hit the "I'm feeling lucky" button, that's it.
For the same document in spanish, add -say- "Diario Oficial": "2004 C 111" Diario Oficial. That's it, muy cool.
If you use
the normal "Googlex Search" button, you'll (often enough) find
-underneath the results- the possiibility to retrieve Google's cached copy
even if the
Europa server is slow, agonizing or down
(Syntax! There is a space between the letters "C" or "L" and the OJ-number you'r retrieving and there are
"Celex is half-frozen, eur-lex is as slow as a
turtle... can't we fetch quickly EU-documents nevertheless?"
~ Introducing Goog-lex ~
The "Googlex" mask and its companions
represent a complete,
powerful & quick "client-side" EU-documents retrieval system, that
anyone could use anywhere, at home or in the office. The Googlex mask
basically limits per default google searches to the europa.eu.int server, harnessing the might
(and the speed) of the "web at large" for our own terminological searching
Note that you don't need to accept the default and in most cases most useful
europa.eu.int option: you can instead choose either
eu.int (broader search, greps every eu server), or choose
a server ad hoc:
www.curia.eu.int (narrow, server specific search).
These forms also give back 100 (instead of the default 10) results per
page and guarantee that no results regrouping algos will be applied. Another
filter imposes the UTF-8 charset (most accented
characters are thus allowed)
~ You don't need to do diddly ~ You don't
need to choose a language, you don't need to fill different fields, nor to
choose any further option. Nothing, nada, niente. Just input a (possibly
long) searchstring in any language and fetch quickly your results.
Try for instance "a strategy for the sustainable development of european aquaculture" (with or without quotes).
Clearly, if you are seeking something specific, you'll have to specify your
string a little more. A simple date may do the job: "24 October 2003" "a strategy for the sustainable development of european aquaculture" will probably show among the first results the official journal
C 256 you were looking for (note the double quotes).
And if you don't remember how to spell the word aquaculture or don't
recall any more
that funky "development" was sustainable or else,
just use asterisks instead: "a strategy for the * development of european *"
will give you good results as well.
Of course if you want a different linguistic version, you'll just input a different string, duh: "24 Ottobre 2003" "Una strategia per lo sviluppo sostenibile dell'acquacoltura europea" or, alternatively you may simply change on the fly the address' URL of the version you
searched first into
another linguistic version
Here the codes: en, fr, de, it, nl, es, el, pt, sv, da, fi,
cs, et, lv, lt, hu, mt, pl, sk, sl.
Of course when searching you can mix up
text and numbers and search using any numerical reference you like, for
Regulation 1171/2001 (or Verordening
1171/2001 van de Commissie if you want the Dutch version). ~ Another added advantage ~ At times the
Europa server does not
work, gets stuck, appears very slow, dies in agony. In that case, if at all
possible, do retrieve google's cached copy of your
target document instead. Very often (but not always), after having searched,
you'll see a small cached link underneath each
result, next to another similar pages small link.
Not only using google cache you'll retrieve a copy of your target document
using a battery of (much) better and quicker servers than our ones, but your search term occurrences will be highlighted in yellow
inside the retrieved document: try this useful, quick and elegant trick.
~ Less problems with accented characters and other non
kosher signs ~ Most accented characters are accepted
in these masks.
However, at times, when you paste a long phrase inside the masks,
some "non kosher" characters may still be misrecognized (coz of the iso-8859-1
charset when pasting). If a search does not give results and you see a question mark
or some other funny character
instead of an accented character, either rewrite it on the fly inside the searchmask,
or, simply, use one asterisk
instead of each offending term, for instance "résidus"
and "présents" in the following search: "limites
maximales applicables aux * de pesticides * dans les produits"
~ Woah! Can I use this at home? ~ Of
course. The whole point of these masks is to allow anybody to quickly access
(almost) any EU-document, whenever and wherever and for whatsoever reason.
Just save this html
file (rightclick: goomasks.htm).
For esthetical reasons you may decide to save the three
images above as well (rightclick on the images themselves:
Save everything inside a single ad hoc folder,
bookmark goomasks.htm and you'r ready to rock.
~ Is that all? ~ Nope. For the joy of
english, french, spanish, russian, chinese or arabic interested we have also created googun, zapping the United nations database.
~ Is that all? ~ Nope. In order to use
a different index of EU-documents we have also created Yahoolex, thus offering a second DIFFERENT possibility
to zap the EU-servers through yahoo's index and muscles (and cached pages).
~ Is that all? ~ Nope.
Ritz has developed
some "experimental" tools for bilingual
display: bilingual_bookmarklets.htm. They are still in fieri, be warned,
but you can use them already (for instance at home) if you use/will use the powerful,
good, free and quick Opera browser (a browser you should
bilingual display cannot work with
Microsoft explorer due to its (awful) proprietary code.
~ Caveat emptor ~
Google does NOT seem to have
indexed all tiers inside the EU-servers,
(though it went pretty deep inside). The same applies to Yahoo's (different) index.
So if you want completeness and absolute certainity, forget it: the tools above are "quick and dirty":
they work, they are quick, but there's no garanty of document retrieval completeness.
Moreover, Google's and Yahoo's indexing spiders
have a two-weeks lap delay, which means that some of the most recent documents
-while already accessible on the EU-servers- may not appear at all
using googlex searches.
This kind of mustard-cutting is still rather new and in fieri, so bear with us and use it
for what it is worth.
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