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.

Round table

"The political impact of the European Parliament in the 1980s — Writing the history of the EU"

"On 10 March 2017, EPRS organised a roundtable discussion to launch the "The political impact of the European Parliament in the 1980s -- Writing the history of the EU" project.
It brought together academics Birte Wassenberg (Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Strasbourg), Wolfram Kaiser (Professor of European Studies at the University of Portsmouth), and Laurent Warlouzet (Professor of Contemporary History at the Université de Boulogne), who will all write on the subject for the project.
EPRS Director-General, Anthony Teasdale, opened the roundtable,emphasising that the EPRS history project will seek to raise awarenessamong new generations of the work of the Parliament in the past, when itmade a substantial impact, despite having only limited powers.
In addition, Gijs de Vries, a prominent MEP (NL, ELDR) from 1984 onwards participated in the roundtable discussion and described his personal experiences as an MEP in the 1980s.
The concluding discussion focused on methodological issues related to all three studies. Speakers underlined that they will use a wide range of historical sources, especially from the European Parliament's historical archives. The three studies are expected to be published in spring 2018."

Written by Christian Salm; you can find the full article by clicking on the link below.

Interviews of the former Secretaries-General

Former European Parliament secretary-general Sir Julian Priestley

Former European Parliament secretary-general Sir Julian Priestley passed away on April 22 at the age of 66.

The Historical Archives of the European Parliament had the privilege of an exclusive interview with Sir Julian Priestley in January this year, covering issues such as the process of Cyprus reunification and the Lisbon Treaty. Expressing his visions on the future of Europe, Mr Priestley noted: "there is no upside to Brexit, either for Britain or for the European Union."

The full interview can be viewed on the Historical Archives website, where you can also find a complete presentation of his archives.
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It happened in the EP

June 1999: Millennium bug


In 1998 and 1999, there were several parliamentary questions to the European Commission regarding the "Millennium bug", also called "Year 2000 problem" or "Y2K problem" ― i.e. a possible computer flaw that may have caused problems when dealing with dates beyond 31/12/1999.


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