This paper looks at the use of recitals in the interpretation of EU legislation, and mechanisms for connecting them to normative provisions. The purposive approach to the interpretation of EU legislation taken by the European Court of Justice makes frequent references to recitals as helping to establish the purpose of normative provisions. Our research uses a cosine similarity based approach to link articles with relevant provisions to help legal professionals and lay end-users interpret the law. Such support can be used in legal knowledge-based systems.
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