Legal basis


The Bureau Decision of 2 July 2012 laying down rules on document management in the European Parliament (PE422.611/BUR) provides the legal basis for the activities of the European Parliament’s Historical Archives Unit.


The decision sets out rules for all departments in Parliament which are involved in document management (creation, receipt, registration, filing, conservation and communication.

It includes a number of measures designed to ensure greater transparency in the process of making Parliament's historical documents available to citizens. To this end, it establishes the principle of the centralisation of documents in the Historical Archives Unit.

The legal basis for the unit’s activities is supplemented by various other rules. These cover more specific aspects of document processing, in particular the conditions under which access may be gained to documents in the archives (implementation of and limits to the principle of transparency):

Rules on document management in the European Parliament
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(a) provisions of secondary law:
  • - Regulation (EC; Euratom) No 354/83 (as amended by Council Regulation No 1700/2003 of 22 September 2003) concerning the opening to the public of the historical archives of the European Economic Community and the European Atomic Energy Community;
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  • - Regulation (EC) No. 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data;
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  • - Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents.
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(b) internal provisions:
  • - Bureau Decision of 28 November 2001 concerning public access to European Parliament documents (the revised version can be found in OJ C 216, 22/07/2011, p. 19);
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  • - Decision of the Bureau of 6 June 2011 concerning the rules governing the treatment of confidential information by the European Parliament.
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