Posted on 28 January 2019
The European Investment Bank (EIB), the bank of the European Union based in Luxemburg and supporting economic development throughout the EU, recently transferred 70 additional files and 252 photos to the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU) in Florence. The entire archival collection is now available directly online.
Among the files which were transferred was a series of annual reports covering the period 2016-2017, and the EIB Group’s activity, financial and statistical reports. This material also includes the reports drawn up by various divisions of the Bank, most notably those of the Audit Committee and of the Operations Evaluation Department. In addition, the series of thematic publications covering the biennium 2016-2017 is enriched with some working papers prepared by the EIB’s Economics Department, which provide economic analyses and studies to support the Bank in its operations as well as in its positioning, strategy and policy decisions.
These documents are supplemented by the first transfer of a collection of original photos: 252 positives on paper were transferred and described. The photographs – which can be viewed in our online catalogue – illustrate several projects funded by the European Investment Bank in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Luxembourg. It is a fantastic visual testimony of the industrial development that took place in parts of Europe during the 60’s. These industrial scenes are not only interesting for their informative content but also for the careful aesthetic: renowned photographers specializing in industrial photography, such as the then-veteran French photographer Henri Baranger, are among the artists behind the camera.
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