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ELI Projects, Feasibility Studies and Other Activities

The selection, management and approval of projects carried out under the auspices of the ELI are regulated in the ELI Project Guidelines. These Guidelines took effect on 13 February 2015, and replaced the Project Guidelines adopted pursuant to Council Decision 2014/11 for all projects approved on or after that date. Projects approved under previous Project Guidelines remain subject to them, subject to any agreement between Project Reporters and the ELI.

The ELI invites its members to submit proposals for new projects. In order to ensure that the proposal covers all relevant issues, please read the Proposers Guide and kindly use the template proposal form

General Information

The Council shall identify relevant projects within the ELI's field of activities, following consultation with the Senate and taking into account any suggestions, particularly those made by other bodies or members of the Association or by stakeholder organisations.

Any project carried out under the auspices of the ELI should

  • serve the people, companies and organisations in Europe by improving the law or facilitating its application; 
  • be principally capable of producing results which can be of immediate practical utility, and in particular be usable directly (e.g. as draft rules) by legislative bodies, judiciaries, or other interested parties;
  • be the product of collaborative work conducted by jurists from a wide range of vocational backgrounds; and
  • have a genuinely pan-European perspective which takes due account of Europe’s various legal traditions.

More details can be found here.

Types of projects


Projects carried out under the auspices of the ELI will often take the form of medium- to long-term projects, the added value of which is to provide, through the independence, excellence and diversity of the project teams and the on-going critical guidance by a very broad constituency of jurists, well-founded solutions that have the support of the European legal community (“ELI Instruments”).

The Council will appoint one or more Project Reporters, either on its own initiative or after having made a call for tender. It will normally appoint advisers or consultants and establish a Members Consultative Committee. Project results may only be published as official statements of the ELI with the approval of both the Council and the General Assembly.


Projects carried out under the auspices of the ELI may also take the form of short-term reactions to current developments, the added value of which is to coordinate, and where possible, to reconcile the views taken by various European constituencies (“ELI Statements”).

As a quick reaction of the ELI is required, the Executive Committee will appoint a project team as well as advisors or consultants. ELI Statements may only be published as such with the Council’s approval.