The Archives unit is the official record keeper of the European Parliament. It manages and preserves the Parliament's official public documents and other archival fonds, dating back to 1952. It also assists researchers on the history of the Parliament and European integration, publishes studies and articles on these subjects, and works closely with the EU Historical Archives at the European University Institute and the House of  European History.

70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration. 9 May 1950

Robert Schuman delivering his declaration in the Salon de l'Horloge in the French Foreign Ministry building at Quai d'Orsay in Paris on 9 May 1950 © European Union, 2020

This year, May 9, we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration.

While the European Union is today facing major challenges, it seemed important for the European Parliament to reconsider this revolutionary initiative which, on 9 May 1950, served as a starting point for the construction of a Community Europe.

We must not forget all the efforts that were necessary - in the middle of the Cold War - to lay the first milestones of an integration process that has marked the history of our continent so much.

Round table: “40 years since the first European elections: the making of a new institution”

© European Union 2019 - Source : EP

The Archives of the European Parliament from the European Parliamentary Research Service (DG EPRS) together with the Former Member's Association (FMA) and the European University Institute (EUI) organised on 03 April 2019 a round table on the development of the European Parliament as a new institution following the first direct election by universal suffrage in 1979.

The round table brought together in a first panel researchers who have written substantial studies of different aspects of the European Parliament's role and development during the first two legislatures as directly elected Parliament: Professors Birte Wassenberg, Wolfram Kaiser, and Laurent Warlouzet.

A second panel, included actors in the making of the new institution: former European Parliament Presidents Hans-Gert Pöttering, Enrique Barón Crespo, Pat Cox, and Klaus Hänsch, and former Vice President Charlotte Cederschiöld. Each of these former Members of the European Parliament made statements in support of the European Parliament ahead of the elections.

It happened in the EP

June 2020

The European Parliamentary Assembly building in Strasbourg in 1968 © European Union 2020 - EP

On 24-25 June 1960, the European Parliamentary Assembly held in Strasbourg a joint meeting with the Council of Europe's Consultative Assembly. Meetings took place regularly thereafter.