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 to 1952. 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.

In memoriam: Simone Veil

With great sadness we learned of the passing of Mrs. Veil in Paris on the 30th of June, who was elected as the first President of the European Parliament.

Born in 1927, Mrs. Veil graduated with a law degree from the "Institut d'études politiques" in Paris and went on to join the French Ministry of Justice in 1956. She then enters politics in 1969 when she joined the private office of René Pleven, the Minister of Justice. In 1974, she became Minister of Public Health, Social Security and Family, until 1979 when at the request of President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing she led the Union for Democracy (UDF) list in the 1979 European elections, the first by universal suffrage. On 17th July 1979, she was elected President of the European Parliament. In 1981, she received the Charlemagne Prize, which has been awarded annually since 1950 by the German city of Aachen to people who have contributed to the unity of Europe. Member of the Parliament until 1993, she was chair and member of numerous committees, including: Legal Affairs, Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection, Policy Committee, Foreign Affairs, and Security. In 1993, she became the first woman to hold a senior ministerial post in France as State Minister for Social Affairs, Health and Cities. From 1998 to 2007, she was a member of the French Constitutional Council and on 20 November 2008, she was elected a member of the "Académie Française".

The Historical Archives hold her archives from her time as President of the European Parliament and have organised them in three organic series: Public Personality, Presidency of the Parliament and Relations with the General Secretariat of Parliament.The largest series are those relating to sponsorships and events, media image, defence of human rights, and assistance to private individuals. The president's various activities include notably inter-institutional (Council, Commission and other Community bodies), interparliamentary (Member States and third countries), and external (Member States, third countries, international organisations, European movements, etc.) relations, relations with the press, and with citizens. To date, these archival fonds contain over 2,700 files open to public consultation.

It happened in the EP

September 1993: A delegation from the French film industry

On 15 September 1993, a delegation from the French film industry explains the principle of cultural exception which it intends to defend in the GATT negotiations (Uruguay Round). Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Huppert and Christian Clavier are among the actors present, along with the directors Claude Berri, Bertrand Tavernier and Alain Corneau.


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