"Quick and dirty google delivery of a gazillion EU human-made translations"
"Celex is half-frozen, Eur-Lex is as slow as a turtle... can't we fetch all those juicy EU human translations nevertheless?"
I originally developed this stuff many years ago, here the old introduction:
Of course even simply knowing how to find a given legislative text is important: In all human societies, the abstruse formulations, ad absurdum proliferation (and technical complexity) of all kind of national and supranational laws are purposely pursued, in order to allow loopholes for the powerful and bondages for the unwashed. Nothing new under the sun: Corruptissima republica, plurimae leges :-)
Hence it could be useful, especially for all civil society and "grass root" organisations, to be able to check quickly and easily the laws that (are supposed to) rule a world "ubi sola pecunia regnat". Through the following masks any web-searcher (in fact, any reader) will be able to find for instance (almost) any EU legislative text trough google using words, numbers, text snippets or a combination of these elements. Everything on this page is client side, so you can just save this html file on your own box and use it at leisure wherever you are or might be.
I know that there are many agencies in the 27 member States of the EU that make money in order to "find" EU-laws for simpletons unable to search inside the legislative labyrinths.
Through these simple, free and GPLled very powerful masks I hope to contribute to put all such agencies out of work for ever :-)
In fact you'll obtain an useful automatic contextual highlighting of your original searchstring AND you'll probably get the document itself much more quickly from the powerful GNU/Linux servers that google (and, alas, not the Microsoftish heavily lobbied EU) uses.
Some historical data aboout celex and eurlex
Problem and glitches with multilinguistic coverage imposed the transfer of CELEX, in 1993, under the responsibility of the EU-Publications Office.
Following a European Parliament resolution of 19 December 2002 the access to the old "legal" database of the European institutions, CELEX, (Communitatis Europeae LEX) is free of charge from 1. July 2004.
~ Introducing Goog-lex ~