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Bino Olivi photo collection now available online

Posted on 10 December 2020

The photographic collection of Bino Olivi was described and digitised, and is now available on the HAEU online database.

The 122 photographic items, consultable in digital format online, are part of the private archives of Bino Olivi, deposited at the HAEU under the terms of a deposit contract signed in 2005. This visual material, initially assembled in a single archival file, was described at item-level and grouped in a new archival series under the respective events the photos refer to. The new series consists in 43 files documenting 84 events attended by Bino Olivi during his time at the European Commission.

Joining the European Commission in 1958, Beniamino Olivi (1925-2011) was the Commission’s spokesperson from 1961 to 1979. In 1961 he was appointed as Director and in 1967 promoted to Director-General of the DG for Press and Communication. Special advisor from 1979 onwards, he acted as president of the group responsible for drafting the report on the European Foundation project and represented the Commission in the negotiations on the Foundation agreement (1980-1982).

The series of digitally available photographs, taken between 1961 and 1975 mostly by well-known photographers of the EC (a. o. Jean-Louis Debaize and Marcelle Jamar), mainly illustrate Bino Olivi’s activities as spokesperson of the European Commission. They depict Bino Olivi’s participation in numerous press conferences, but also the signing ceremony of the Accession Treaty by Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom, the Berlin Wall in the 1960s, as well as the members of the European Commission under Presidents Jean Rey, Walter Hallstein and Franco Maria Malfatti.

Consult Bino Olivi’s photographic collection in digital format.