In 1963, the European Community established an extended network for the dissemination of information to the public. The European Documentation Centres are part of this network, situated in the member states of the EU, as well as in other parts of the world, in order to promote the official publications of the EU. Today there are 544 Documentation Centres all over the world, of which 324 are to be found in member states. There are nine Documentation Centres in Greece, operating mainly in cities hosting universities.
Following a decision of the European Commission, the CIEEL was appointed in 1978 as a European Documentation Centre (EDC), three years before the accession of Greece into the European Communities. The CIEEL is the first EDC that has been established in Greece and is considered to be a “full” European Documentation Centre, thus receiving , on a regular basis all the documentation published by European institutions. It also has privileged access to EU databases.
Its collection includes information on the EU, such as legislation, case law, reports, statistics, bulletins and press releases, dating back to the founding of the European Coal and Steel Community.
Most documents are available in two languages: in either Greek and English or French and English.
The European Documentation Centre provides its services to the university community (professors, students, researchers) as well as to businessmen, individuals, public organizations, teachers and students in secondary education.