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Glossary for Definitions to EU Terms


Europa: “People in the EU institutions and in the media dealing with EU affairs are in the bad habit of using words and expressions that they alone understand. We call these words and expressions “eurojargon”. Because outsiders cannot understand it, eurojargon is very unhelpful to ordinary people, and the EU institutions are trying to cut it out.”

Europa’s Glossary

Contains some 250 terms relating to European integration and the institutions and activities of the EU. The definitions explain how the individual terms have evolved and provide references to the Treaties, if necessary. Questions about historical background, how the institutions work, what the procedures are, and what areas are covered by a Community policy are answered by following available links. It is updated regularly and includes all the latest changes.

Europa: The EU in brief 

A concise description of many of the important facets of the EU with resources included; a good starting point.

OECD Glossary of Statistical Terms

This glossary of statistical terms contains a comprehensive set of definitions of the main data items collected by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The Glossary also contains definitions of key terminology and concepts and commonly used acronyms. These definitions are primarily drawn from existing international statistical guidelines and recommendations that have been prepared over the last two or three decades by international organisations (such as the United Nations, ILO, OECD, Eurostat, IMF) working with national statistical institutes.


RAMON is Eurostat’s classification server, “exclusively dedicated to international statistical classifications and their satellite information… The ultimate and very ambitious goal of the RAMON project is to present ALL available information on statistical international classifications; this means making available, for each classification identified in the database, all necessary material to know everything about that particular classification” (from the site Preface). From the glossary perspective, the site’s Glossaries and Thesauri page may be a useful starting point for getting a handle on international statistical classifications.