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CORDIS RTD-Comdocuments database. However, users can now search
and download full electronic versions of the latest selection
of Comdocuments through the Document
Existing RTD-Comdocument records will remain in the CORDIS
RTD-Comdocuments database as an archive and will not be deleted.
The CORDIS RTD-Comdocuments Database contains details of two forms of
Commission documents. The two forms of documents are COM (Commission)
documents and SEC (Secretariat- General) documents. COM documents are
identified by the abbreviation COM in their reference number. COM documents
are published by the Office for Official Publications of the European
Communities in all nine official Community languages. SEC documents are
identified by the abbreviation SEC in their reference number. SEC documents
are normally internal Commission documents and are not generally available
to the public.
COM and SEC documents are documents sent by the Commission to the Council
and to other Community bodies as part of the Community decision-making and
legislative processes. They may be in the form of memoranda, reports, or other
written communications; or they may be in the form of proposed legislation.
The content of these documents may relate to any aspect of the business conducted
between the Commission and other Community bodies.
COM and SEC documents included in the RTD-Comdocuments Database are selected
on the basis of their relevance to Community Research and Technological
Where successive versions of a document exist, they appear as separate documents,
each with its own reference number, and each with a separate record in the database.
When a document affects an earlier document the reference of the earlier document
is given, and where an existing document is affected by a later document the
reference to the new document is given. Occasionally a single document may contain
more than one proposed legislative act. In such an instant each proposal is the
subject of a separate record.
This database contains certain dates that represent milestones in the conduct of
the business associated with the document. The actual procedures vary according to
the nature of the business in hand so that different documents will be dealt with
in different ways and not all documents will be subject to all the dates in this
database. For more detailed information about these procedures reference should be
made to the CORDIS User Manual as well as to the Community Treaties and to other
documents defining them.
The database provides basic references for the document in the form of the document
title, reference number, and date, and the Council and the Parliament references.
Other dates provided include the Commission adoption date, the Council common
position date, the Council decision date, and a withdrawal date. Records also contain
references to the issue of the 'Official Journal' containing all or a part of the
document. Each record also provides a summary of the document content, a subject index,
an indication of the status of the document, and other information.
The content of the database is in English.
Note: Every record includes the fields marked with a
red asterisk "*"; other fields are also included
if relevant information is available.
Database Record Management Fields
|Quality Validation Date
||The date that the information was checked prior to loading
on the host
|Record Control Number
||A unique reference number for this record
||The date this record was created or last updated
||The Catalogue Document Number for the document
||The Commission service responsible for the item represented
by the acronym
||The date appearing on the document
||The type of the document, or the type of the legislative act
proposed by it
||The essential elements of the document reference appearing on the
||A summary of the document content
||The ISBN number for the document
||The date of the Community legislative act relative to the document
||The reference of the Community legislative act relative
to the document
|New Document Reference
||References to later documents modifying this document Reference
|Official Journal Date
||The date of the Official Journal in which the document was published
|Official Journal Reference
||The reference number of the Official Journal in which the Reference document
|Previous Document Reference
||The references to earlier documents modified by this
||The programme to which the document refers to
||Remarks concerning the document status
||The date that the document was withdrawn by the Commission
|Subject Index Codes*
||The CORDIS Subject Index Classification Codes Classification Codes
||The document title
An entry may appear in this field only when the entry in the Originating Body
field is Commission; otherwise it will be empty and will not appear in the user
output. When the item represented by the acronym in the Acronym field belongs to
a specific Commission service, that service is shown here. Example services are:
DG XII, SOEC, and TFHR.
If the document contains a proposed Community legislative act (Decision,
Directive, Regulation, etc.), this is the date of the act which was formally
adopted on the basis of the proposal.
If the document contains a proposed Community legislative act (Decision,
Directive, Regulation, etc.), this is the reference of the act which was
formally adopted on the basis of the proposal.
References to Council Regulations are in the form 9999/YY/CCC, where 9999
represents the Council sequence number, YY represents the year, and CCC represents
either EEC, ECSC, or EURATOM.
References to Council Decisions and directives are in the form YY/9999/AAA,BBB,CCC
where YY represents the year, 9999 represents the Council sequence number, and AAA,BBB,CCC
represents any or all of EEC, ECSC, and EURATOM, referring to the three major EU Treaties. Example entry:
This is the date that appears on the cover page of the document under
the document reference number. The place name preceding the date is not
included in this field. This date may vary slightly on different language
versions of the same document, but only the one date for the English language
version of the document is shown in this field. A typical document date is
30 November 1990. These would be converted into the standard CORDIS date format
and would appear in this field as 1990-11-30.
The entry in this field provides a classification for the document. It is a key word
extracted from the document title. These classifications are listed in the catalogue
below. Some of these classifications such as Decision, Directive, and Regulation relate
to proposed legislation. Others such as Communication, Memorandum, and Report simply
reflect the nature of the document.
A Regulation is binding in its entirety and is directly applicable in all
Member States. Regulations override national legislation where this is in conflict.
Regulations are published in the Official Journal and become effective on the date
specified in them, or if no date is specified, on the twentieth day following the
date of publication.
A Directive is binding, as to the result to be achieved, upon each Member State
to which it is addressed, but leaves the method of implementation to the national
authorities. Directives are notified to those concerned.
A Decision is binding in its entirety upon those to whom it is addressed. It may
be addressed to individual Member States, organizations, or individuals, and may
impose financial obligations. Decisions are notified to those concerned.
Recommendations and Opinions have no binding force but are simply statements of opinion.
This field contains the essential elements of the document reference
number appearing on the front cover of the document. Typical references
in this field are COM(90) 574 and SEC(90) 1778. All COM and SEC documents
included in the database have the word 'final' in their complete reference
number, meaning that they have been formally adopted by the Commission and
transmitted to other EU bodies. This word is omitted from the Document
Reference field as well as any additional elements relating to the co-operation
procedure, for example SYN 287.
However, if the word 'final' is followed by a slash and a digit, this
slash and digit are included in the reference as it appears in this field,
for example, COM (90) 190/2. This reference is the same for all language
versions of the document.
The General Information field contains a broad summary of the content of
the document and may contain additional information not included in the
A corrigendum to COM(92)91 final/2 of 24 April 1992,
and applicable to all language versions, modifies the title of the document
to: "Proposal for a Council Decision establishing a multiannual programme
for the development of statistics on Research, Development and Innovation".
When the document described in this record has been modified, corrected,
completed, cancelled, or replaced by one or more new documents, this field
contains references to the new documents. These document references have the
same format as those appearing in the Document Reference field and are preceded
by the words 'MODIFIED BY', 'CORRECTED BY', 'COMPLETED BY', 'CANCELLED BY', or
SEC(93) 13375; MODIFIED BY COM(80) 574; REPLACED
BY LET(81) 7124
This field shows the date of the edition of the Official Journal in which
the text of the document, or part of it, was published.
This field contains the reference to the edition of the Official
Journal in which the text of the document, or part of it, was published.
When the document described in this record modifies, corrects, completes,
cancels or replaces one or more existing documents, this field contains
the reference for those earlier documents, preceded by the word MODIFYING,
CORRECTING, COMPLETING, CANCELLING, or REPLACING.
These document references have the same format as that appearing in the
Document Reference field.
MODIFYING COM(83); PRECEDED BY COM(90) 263
The entries in this field relate to the status of the document or to the
procedure of which the document is a part. These entries and the explanations
for them are listed below:
|Assent of the Parliament
||The Council requires Parliament's assent
|Consultation of EP on Commission's initiative
The Commission has consulted the European Parliament about the
subject matter of the document, although it was not bound to do so
|Consultation of ESC on Commission's initiative
The Commission has consulted the Economic and Social Committee about
the subject matter of the document, although it was not bound to do so
The proposal is subject to the co-operation procedure introduced by the
Single European Act of July 1987. It is under this co-operation procedure
that the Council adopts the common position referred to in the Common
Position Date field
||Publication of the text of the document in the Official Journal
has been authorised
|Part of proposal withdrawn
||Part of the proposal has been withdrawn by the Commission
|Proposal formally replaced
The Commission has withdrawn the proposal referred to and substituted
a new one. The reference number for the document containing the new
proposal is shown in the New Document Reference field
|Proposal partially adopted
||Part of the proposal has been adopted by the Council
The proposal referred to has been withdrawn by the Commission.
The withdrawal date is shown in the Retraction Date field
||The document is subject to no further action
The subject matter is within the domain of the Commission White
Paper of June 1985 concerning the elimination of barriers to trade
If a document has been withdrawn by the Commission this field contains
the date that the document was withdrawn.
The codes used in this field are described in CORDIS Subject Index
This field contains the title as it appears on the front cover of the document.
Where a document has two or more titles, each concerning a separate proposal,
only one of the titles is given in this field and each of the others is the
subject of a separate record.
Technological problems of nuclear safety. Report on the
implementation of the Council Resolution of 22 July 1975 (1987-1991)
The date that the information was checked prior to loading it on to the host.
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record in this database. When noted, it is a useful way of quickly retrieving
the same record subsequently. It should be noted in the event of queries to
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This field shows the date that the record was created or last updated.
It is not necessarily the date on which the information was current.
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