About the Legal Service
Activities of the Legal Service
- The Commission’s legal adviser
- The Commission’s legal representative
- Helping to improve the quality of drafting of EU legislation
Organisation of the Legal Service
The Legal Service is organised in teams, each headed by a Director. Each team handles a specific set of subject areas and policies where it performs the Legal Service’s two roles of:
- providing the DGs with legal advice and assistance when they draft legal instruments in accordance with EU law; and
- representing the Commission in the courts.
The Quality of Legislation Team
- Legal revision
To perform its task of giving legal advice not only on the substance but also on the form of the instrument, the Legal Revisers examine draft instruments in terms of the quality of the drafting and the legal form and they establish legal concordance between the different language versions. There is a resulting value added in terms of the quality of legal instruments which sits well with the better regulation initiative, one of whose objectives is to make Community law more user-friendly.
Further information about the work of the Legal Revisers
The Codification Group is responsible for coordinating work on codifying Community legislation. Codification contributes to the better regulation objective by combining a Community instrument and all its amending instruments in a single text. Community law is thereby rendered more accessible.
Further information about the Codification Group
The Procurement and Recoveries unit
The MAREC (Procurement and Recoveries) unit deals with the Commission's own legal affairs (consultations and disputes concerning the buildings occupied by the Commission, procurement procedures initiated by the Commission and contracts concluded by the Commission, including the forced recovery of debts owed to the Commission).
The internal support groups
Like any other Directorate-General or similar department, the Legal Service has a number of general administrative units dealing with matters such as human resources, information and documentation, and IT.
Last updated on 30.1.2015