The European Legislation Identifier (ELI) is a system to make legislation available online in a standardised format, so that it can be accessed, exchanged and reused across borders.
ELI is based on a voluntary agreement between the EU countries. It includes technical specifications on:
- web identifiers (URIs) for legal information
- metadata specifying how to describe legal information
- a specific language for exchanging legislation in machine-readable formats
This initiative, taken jointly by EU countries and institutions, is enshrined in the Council Conclusions of 6 November 2017 on the European Legislation Identifier (2017/C 441/05).
ELI is funded under Action "Facilitating the exchange of legislation data in Europe", which falls under the Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations ( ISA²) Programme.