Great news from Martine Reicherts from the EU Publications Office. EUR-LEX will get PRE-LEX functionality:
…I would like to inform you that we are working on a whole new version of EURLex, in which legislative procedures will be fully integrated. In other words, the information on the outcome or status of a proposal will be more explicit, and you will no longer need to check PreLex or other sources to get a precise view of the life-cycle of a document.
I personally thought it was a good idea to seperate law-in-force and law-in-the-making. But they say EUR-LEX also includes acts that are not in force.
you mention that you thought only adopted law is made available on EUR-Lex. This is not the case. EUR-Lex also encompasses numerous other types of documents, such as preparatory acts, opinions, EFTA documents, EU case-law and even national case-law.
I with there a simple kind Button for Dummies to identify if the specific EUR-LEX document shown is an act Law in force/Law in Preparatin/Retired Law. For ACTs I understand the process but for case law I rely on legal experts.