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For printed publications, official documents and reports, there are currently three recommended official writing guides available:

  • Interinstitutional Style Guide – mandatory rules for document production in any EU institution, body, office or agency. Includes detailed rules for acts published in the Official Journal and the main technical and editorial norms for general publications. Produced by the Publications Office.
  • European Commission style guide – mandatory rules for Commission staff drafting documents in English. Provides tips on clear writing, how to refer to official and non-official sources, and templates for standard Commission documents. Produced by the Secretariat-General.
  • English Style Guide – a deeper level of advice on style and grammar points (aligned with and expanding on much of the content of the other two guides). Aimed at in-house translators and freelance translators, but useful for authors and editors as well as translators in all EU institutions. Produced by DG Translation.