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Legal Service

The Legal Service is an internal department of the Commission. It provides legal advice to the Commission and its departments, and represents the Commission in court cases.


The Legal Service is the in-house legal counsel to the Commission. It ensures that Commission decisions comply with EU law, preventing or reducing the risk of subsequent litigation. Most of its cases are argued before the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg.

Mission statement

Mission statement

Plans and reports

Commission work programme - overview of institution-wide deliverables for current year

Strategic plan - department strategy, objectives for 2020-2024

Management plan - department forecasted outputs, activities, resources for current year

Annual activity report - department achievements, resources used during previous year

Leadership and organisation

Legal Service - Organisation Chart
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Legal Service
Postal address
European Commission, Rue de la Loi 200/Wetstraat 200, 1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, Belgium