The Historical Archives is the official record keeper of the European Parliament. It manages and preserves the Parliament's official public documents and other archival fonds, dating back to1952. It also assists researchers on the history of the Parliament and European integration, publishes studies and articles on these subjects, and works closely with the EU Historical Archives at the European University Institute and the House of European History.
30 years ago the Parliament, the Council and the Commission signed a Joint Declaration against Racism and Xenophobia. The draft prepared on the initiative of the EP was considered in the plenary session in June 1986.