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"

Round table, Wednesday, 10 May 2017, reading room, ASP building, Brussels

On 10 May 2017, the Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services (DG EPRS) will hold a round table to mark the launch of the 'History of the European Parliament' project. Under this ambitious project, a series of studies will be published on Parliament's history as a political institution since the first direct elections to it in June 1979.
The round table will be introduced by Anthony Teasdale, Director-General of DG EPRS, and Gijs de Vries, MEP 1981-1998, subsequently Dutch MEP and Minister; it will be moderated by Joseph Dunne, Director of the Library Directorate.

It will feature the authors chosen to draft the first three papers in this cycle of studies:
―    Birte Wassenberg, Professor of Contemporary History, University of Strasbourg: Study on the character, composition and culture of the directly-elected Parliament, 1979-1989;
―    Wolfram Kaiser, Professor of European Studies, University of Portsmouth, Study on the Parliament's role in the institutional and constitutional development of the European Union, 1979-1989;
―    Laurent Warlouzet, Professor of Contemporary History, University of Boulogne: Study on the Parliament's role in the completion of the European single market, 1979-1989.

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

May 1992

On the 12th of May 1992, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Britain makes her first official visit to the Parliament in Strasbourg.


Historical Archives

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