Historical archives


The European Parliament maintains and makes available to the public its historical archives of material relating to its legislative and political activity from 1952 until the 6th parliamentary term (2004-2009).


Furthermore, most documents have been digitised and may be consulted at our premises in Luxembourg.

Non-confidential documents may also be obtained by contacting the Historical Archives Unit.

Historical archives
  • A documentation and search assistance service for researchers is also available to any member of the public wishing to engage in detailed study of the history of the European Union.
  • The Holdings and Collections section enables you to check whether the documents you are looking for are available on paper.
  • Parliament in days gone by... A look back each month at the major events which took place in the European Parliament in that month in previous years.
  • Historical publications: drawn up in the form of summaries of material in the archives, they give insight into or an overview of aspects of the history of European integration.
Further information:
Information reports on the European Parliament’s historical archives

Article 9(2) of Regulation No 354/83, as amended by Regulation No 1700/2003, made provision for each institution to publish information annually on its historical archiving activities. The Historical Archives Unit has been publishing these reports since 2005.

Each report follows an outline common to all the institutions, drawn up by the Interinstitutional Group of European Community Archivists.

  • Historical archives
  • Bâtiment Robert Schuman
    Place de l'Europe
    L-2929 Luxembourg

  • 00352 4300 27561
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  • Monday-Thursday : 9.30-17.30
  • Friday : 9.30-12.30