Posted on 21 April 2017
Romano Prodi deposited his documents in the Historical Archives of the European Union by a private contract signed on 31 August 2005. The shipment carried out in two parts, in 2007 and 2008. Now the 641 files and the 230 photos are open for consultation on site.
According to the will of Prodi the files follow the 30 year rule, and are therefore consultable 30 years after their creation. The papers has been divided in series, regarding the institutional charges taken by Romano Prodi, as follows: Minister of Finances in the Andreotti Cabinet (1978-1979), President of Institute for Industrial Reconversion (IRI) in two separate mandates: first from 1985 to 1989 and second from 1993 to 1994, Prime Minister from 1996 to 1998 and from 2006 to 2008, and President of European Commission from 1999 to 2004. His papers are particularly interesting for research on Italian history but also for the history of the European integration. The greater enlargement – from 15 to 25 member countries – of European Union marked his mandate as President of the European Commission.
The files of Romano Prodi, limited with the 30 year rule, are freely accessible at the Historical Archives of the European Union.