The Bureau Decision of 2 July 2012 ‘Rules on document management in the European Parliament’ (PE422.611/BUR) provides the legal basis for the activities of the central historical archives of the European Parliament (CARDOC).
The document sets out rules for all departments in Parliament which deal with document management in terms of their creation, receipt, registration, filing, conservation and communication.
In the case of CARDOC, these rules provide a series of measures to enable greater transparency in making Parliament's historical documents available to citizens. Accordingly, there is an explanation of the principle of the centralisation of documents in CARDOC.
The legal basis of CARDOC’s activities is completed by a number of other sources of regulation. These refer to more specific aspects of document processing and, in particular, to conditions of access to the archives (implementation of and limits to the principle of transparency):