The European Commission (1986-2000) – History and Memories of an Institution
In 2007 and 2014, the European Commission published two volumes of the “History of the European Commission”, covering the period from the founding of the European Communities (1958) until the signing of the European Single Act (1986). Following these successful publications, the Histcom3 project aims at gathering first-hand accounts and original archival sources, so as to publish a third inside story of the European Commission from 1986 to 2000.
Hitcom3 is coordinated by an international European network of academics, led by Professor Vincent Dujardin of the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, which include:
- Eric Bussière (Université de Paris-Sorbonne/Paris IV)
- Piers Ludlow (London School of Economics)
- Federico Romero (European University Institute)
- Antonio Varsori (Università di Padova)
- Dieter Schlenker (Historical Archives of the European Union, European University Institute)
Between 2015 and 2018, forty-two researchers belonging to several European universities will gather first hand sources, including a large number of interviews with former Commissioners and officials, with a view to writing a collective volume focusing on the administrative, economic, social, and international dimensions of the European Commission from 1986 to 2000. The Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre is actively involved in the project and will cooperate actively with the consortium of researchers to coordinate interviews and provide access to primary archival sources stored at the Historical Archives of the European Union in Florence.