Our mission

The Archives of the European Parliament store and preserve the historical documents of the EP, and it is responsible for:

•    keeping the evidence of the activity of the European Parliament,
•    preserving the historical memory of the institution,
•    making it accessible to citizens.

The acquisition of documents is fundamental to the creation of archival heritage/holdings. Each year, the Archives receive up to 1,000 linear meters of new documents.

The Archives preserve the public documents created and received by the EP in the course of its activities and functions.
The documents are in different format and on different support such as paper, electronic documents, photographic, audio, video.

Once received, the documents must be classified and described in order to allow access to archives. They are divided according to their producer, and organized in a hierarchical structure, aiming to reflect the institution's organisation and procedures.
Recordkeeping is a mandatory role of the Archives. It is responsible for the long term preservation of archival fonds.

All the documents are digitised and/or converted in the PdfA format in order to assure their permanent conservation. Once transformed in the electronic format, the documents are stored in our database, in relation with their classification and description.

The public archival fonds on paper are sent to the Historical Archives of the European Union in Florence, while the restricted fonds are stored in our secured stock in the Konrad Adenauer building in Luxembourg.
Access and promotion of archives is another fundamental mission.

Most documents have been digitised and may be consulted in our premises in Luxembourg or, for requests concerning a limited number of documents, obtained by contacting us.
In addition to archival tasks and making the documents available, the Archives publish each year a wide variety of articles and studies.

Contact

The Archives of the European Parliament

Robert Schuman Building
Place de l'Europe
L-2929 Luxembourg