Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Referencing - UK & EU Law: European COM Docs

How do I reference a COM Doc?

This guidance applies whether you found the document in print or online.

organisation, | 'title' | (type) | COM | number

Footnote and bibliography:
e.g. Commission, 'Action Plan on consumer access to justice and the settlement of disputes in the internal market' (Communication) COM (96) 13 final

To pinpoint, follow the citation with the page number. To pinpoint several pages, insert a dash between the page numbers:
e.g. Commission, 'Action Plan on consumer access to justice and the settlement of disputes in the internal market' (Communication) COM (96) 13 final 5

Title

Cite the title as it is given on the front page of the document.

Change any text given in upper case (e.g. 'ACTION PLAN') to normal type (e.g. 'Action Plan').

Enclose the title in 'single quotation marks'.

Type

COM docs are usually proposals for legislation.

Describe the document type (e.g. Communication) in brackets after the title, if appropriate.

Number

'Final' after the COM number indicates the document has been formally adopted and distinguishes it from previous draft versions.