In addition to organising, classifying and describing the European Parliament’s archive holdings, the Historical Archives Unit draws up studies and publishes brochures on specific aspects of the European Union’s history.

Studies and brochures

The Historical Archives Unit has been producing studies every six months since 2007. These studies are based on the European Parliament’s historical documentation. Paper copies may be obtained in several language versions (depending on availability) from the Historical Archives Unit.

25 years of the Sakharov Prize - the European Parliament upholding freedom of thought (No 11 - 2013)

In November 2013, the European Parliament celebrated the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. To mark this historic occasion, Parliament’s Archive and Documentation Centre (Cardoc) has published ‘25 years of the Sakharov Prize: the European Parliament upholding freedom of thought’. Part of the Cardoc Journals series, the publication traces the history of the prize, and profiles the nominees and winners, from when it was first awarded to the present day.

Equalising Opportunities: The women’s rights committees 1979-1999 (No 10 - 2013)

This issue of Cardoc Journals retraces the work during its first two decades of the Committee on Women's Rights, which played a large part in devising and implementing EU gender equality legislation.

A Europe of rights: the history of the EU Charter (No 9 - 2012)

This study looks back over the main milestones in the Charter's history and explains the key role that it plays in protecting the fundamental rights and freedoms of EU citizens.

The long road to the Euro (No 8 - 2012)

The eighth in the Cardoc Journals series, in which the European Parliament celebrates the tenth anniversary of the euro (2011), retraces the historic route which led to the creation of the single currency. This study contributes to a better understanding of the long process towards monetary integration but may also help our perception of the situation the European currency is now facing.

Detailed systematic digital directory of parliamentary bodies for development cooperation (ACP) - From the pre-convention to Lomé I (1958-1980) (special edition – 2011)

This special edition is a search tool which gives a structured display of the analysis and the description of the fonds for parliamentary bodies concerned with development cooperation in ACP countries. This publication combines both a historical and an archival approach, retracing the beginnings of cooperation between the elected representatives of the Community and their counterparts in the African, Caribbean and Pacific states.

The Development Committees (No 7 - 2010)

This publication examines Parliament’s development policy through its various cooperation and partnership agreements and the work of the relevant parliamentary committees from 1958 to 1999.

From the Schuman Declaration to the birth of the ECSC : The role of Jean Monnet (No 6 - 2010)

This study commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Clock Room Declaration and also pays tribute to Jean Monnet, the inspiration behind it and the first President of the High Authority of the ECSC.

The European Parliament and the unification of Germany (No 5 - 2009)

This study describes the events that began with the fall of the Berlin Wall and culminated in German unification, and the European Parliament's political initiatives in the context of this process.

The citizen’s appeal to the European Parliament (No 4 - 2009)

This study focuses on one of Parliament's activities that might be considered secondary, but which is nevertheless significant because it is a way of bringing the institution closer to the specific problems that its citizens have in dealing with public administrations in areas that are within the competence of the Community.

Towards Direct Elections to the European Parliament (special edition - 2009)

This study describes the initiatives taken by the European Parliament, and previously by the Common Assembly of the ECSC, to establish a system of direct elections to Parliament. These efforts were eventually crowned by the adoption of a Council Act which was essentially based on the text proposed by the European Parliament.

The committees of the Common Assembly (No 3 - 2008)

This study outlines the work of the committees of the Common Assembly of the ECSC between 1952 and 1958. It includes three tables for each committee showing the composition of the committee (with changes), a list of its minutes and a list of its reports.

The European Parliament 50 years ago (No 2 - 2008)

The European Parliament celebrated in 2008 the 50th anniversary of its establishment. The celebrations included the publication of a work entitled 'The European Parliament 50 years ago' which outlines the structure of the Parliamentary Assembly established by the Treaties of Rome and describes its early activities.

The European Parliament and the Work of the European Convention (No 1 - 2007)

This study, with a preface by the Secretary-General of the European Parliament, together with a list of the members of the EP delegation and the photographs of and key quotations from its full members, presents the work done by the European Convention which led to the Intergovernmental Conference.

Towards a single Parliament (special edition - 2007)

This study, with prefaces by the President and the Secretary-General of the European Parliament, illustrates the positions taken by the Common Assembly of the ECSC on the negotiations which led to the signature of the Treaties of Rome (EEC Treaty and Euratom Treaty). Many of the documents annexed are previously unpublished.

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