About this service
RAPID database contains all the press releases of the Commission
since 1985, the great majority of them in at least two languages.
It also contains press releases of some of the other European
Institutions, particularly the Council of the Union.
releases of the Commission are available in at least English and
French (the working languages of the Commission’s Press Room)
the day of publication. Documents from the Council of the Union
and the Economic and Social Committee are loaded into the database
when they are transmitted to the Commission.
documents within RAPID are available without using a personal
username. The advantage of obtaining and using a username is that
you can personalise your environment, in particular choosing which
languages to choose by default. A personal username will also
be necessary to subscribe to press releases.
recent Commission press releases can be accessed either by the
link "Recent Press Releases"
which gives the documents of the previous seven days or by the
"Topics" drop down
list which gives all Commission press releases since September
1999 subdivided by subject.
search for older press releases or to search for more detailed
information, a query form is available which gives access to the
full content of the database since 1985.
main area of the query form is the Search
by date zone which by default is set to the previous three
months. A radio button permits the selection of the whole database.
collection of optional criteria are offered:
Reference of the document.
If this is known, you can find the document immediately. Remember
to select the whole database in the Search by date zone if the
press release is more than three months old.
The Title and Text
fields. These fields allow you to carry out a full text search
on the title and text fields. Finding a word in the title is likely
to produce more pertinent results than finding the same word in
the text field. The text field also includes the title.
You can search for several terms in these fields by using the
“european commission” will find the exact term;
european + commission will find both words in the same
text but not necessarily adjacent;
european commission will find either european or commission
in the same text.
are indexed using a structured keyword list. You can see parts
of this list by choosing “See list of Keywords” and typing a word
in the text box and then Browse by Expression. This will present
a list of keywords which contains that word. You can also see
the hierarchy of keywords by typing the code associated with a
keyword (eg EXTREL is the code for External Relations) and Browsing
Profiles. You have the
possibility to save queries which you use regularly so that they
can be re-executed easily. These stored queries can also be used
for email subscription.
can also sort the results by date or document type.
up for Username: To personalise your environment
within RAPID, you will need a personal username. This form allows
you to obtain one.
You can now subscribe to all or part of the daily additions to
the database. This page, which requires a personal username to
access, allows you to personalise your environment, working language,
order of preferences for language versions of texts and several
questions concerning email:
Which selections you wish to receive;
Your email address;
Which format you want;
If the format would include several attachments (*.doc,
*.pdf), do you want to receive them in a zip file.
can cancel your subscription by choosing NONE as a selection.