The Historical Archives of the European Parliament hold approximately 5 million historical records in all official languages of the European Union.

© European Parliament

July 1976, vote in plenary session

Records of the European Parliament include a variety of types of records, such as adopted texts, reports, parliamentary questions, petitions and committee papers spanning from the creation of the European Community of Coal and Steal Assembly in 1952 to the present.

The documents reflect the activities of the European Parliament, and are a key source of information about the history of European integration.

The core of the holdings is constituted by the files related to the legislative activity of the Parliament, through the committees work and the plenary sittings.

Other special parliamentary collections illustrate the first stages of the development of the European Union (records of the Assembly ad Hoc and of the Committee of the Four Presidents) and the development of parliamentary cooperation between the European Economic Community and countries of the Associated African and Malagasy States (AAMS), now the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).

The Historical Archives also hold collections of private political papers of Members and former Members which give an insight into the political activity of the Parliament.

Iconographic and audiovisual fonds include collections of posters on the European Elections, Sakharov Prize or European Parliament's events.

Please note that the Historical Archives do not hold the records of political groups nor the documents related to the European elections.

Most of the historical archives of the European Parliament have been digitised. They are not available online for now. The European Parliament historical archives are open to the public and can be consulted upon request. To discover the history of European integration and the role of the European Parliament you are welcome to explore our collections or visit us in Luxembourg.

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