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.


The Historical Archives Unit (DG EPRS) and its Historical Library are organising a temporary exhibition on '100 Books on Europe to Remember' in Strasbourg during the October I part session.
Vice-President Valcárcel will officially open the exhibition on Tuesday 4 October, 17.30, in Espace Emilio Colombo (LOW 1st floor).

The '100 Books on Europe to Remember' project arose from a visit by the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, to the European Parliament's historical library collection in Luxembourg in April 2012. The visit highlighted a treasure-trove of remarkable books, pamphlets and other texts, many of which have made a significant contribution to the process of, or the understanding of, European integration. The idea emerged of making a selection of this material available to a wider public through a dedicated website (

The selection comprises academic and political works on the European idea, on European politics and policy, and on the history of the European integration process since 1945. It contains important books, articles, pamphlets and speeches, and takes into account the geographical, linguistic and intellectual spectrum of ideas and personalities in the European Union and beyond.
The '100 Books on Europe to Remember' is an ongoing project which will continue to be widened and deepened.


The Historical Archives of the European Parliament is glad to present five memo clips prepared in collaboration with the Audiovisual Unit covering some of the key moments in the history of the EP. Discover the most important Treaties, the European Elections or Heads of State addressing the European Parliament on our newly-created playlist.

Publication "The first hemicycle of the European Parliament: Schuman Building, Luxembourg"

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In its early years, the European Parliament held its plenary sittings in different locations, made available by other institutions or by the host countries. It was only in 1973, with the construction of the Schuman Building in Luxembourg, that the Parliament finally had its own premises with a hemicycle (debating chamber) for its plenary meetings.
Planned in the 1960s, with construction starting in 1970, the initial plans had to be adjusted to accommodate the expected enlargement of the Communities. In the 1970s, the hemicycle was used regularly for plenary sessions, but with the increase in the number of Members following the 1979 direct elections, the chamber was no longer large enough to hold all Members.
The Luxembourg hemicycle is noted for the artistic value of its decor, in particular the zinc bas-relief created by the Turin-based NP2 Group. Thanks to interviews with the artists, this briefing provides details of the artwork, including the story of how the Italian company came to be commissioned by the Belgian contractor fitting out the chamber.
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It happened in the EP

October 1988

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Pope Jean-Paul II on the 11th of October 1988 in Strasbourg

John Paul II ended his four-day visit in Alsace and Lorraine (France) by attending European Parliament's plenary session in Strasbourg at the invitation of President Plumb.
During a formal sitting on 11 October 1988, His Holiness addressed the question of the construction of Europe, stressing how the European Parliament, the key player in European integration, appeared to Europeans as the institution that would shape their future.


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