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Historical Archives of the European Union

The HAEU preserves and makes accessible for research the archives deposited by EU institutions according to the thirty-year rule governing access to archival material. It also collects and preserves private papers of individuals, movements and international organisations involved in European integration. Finally, it facilitates research on the history of the European Union, promotes public interest in European integration and enhances transparency in the functioning of EU Institutions.

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HAEU deposit

Explore our Holdings

The holdings of the Historical Archives of the European Union are organised in four different groups: EU institutions, bodies and agencies; Individuals; Corporate Bodies; Collections.

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European Commission documents

Research Support

Users receive support to conduct their research at the Archives through a range of grant programmes and benefit from a large collection of research guides and specialised library resources.

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Services for users

Specialised staff deliver services to users who wish to consult the archives in a dedicated reading room at Villa Salviati or remotely upon request.

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Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre

The Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre on the History of European Integration supports young researchers, coordinates networks of historians, facilitates the use of primary sources and increases public interest in European integration history.

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News

HAEU CFR collection

New Archival Collection: Charter of Fundamental Rights

The Charter of Fundamental Rights Collection, assembled by Law Researchers Niall Coghlan and Marc Steiert, comprises copies of the travaux préparatoires of the 1999-2000 Charter Convention and other related documents. The collection is available for online consultation in the HAEU database.

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Court of Justice procedural files for 1986 and 1987 released to the HAEU

Original procedure records from the European Court of Justice for the years 1986 and 1987 are now accessible in the Historical Archives of the European Union’s database. The files are available for consultation in digital format under specific access conditions.

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Pursuing trade through the iron curtain: the case of Poland

Bartosz Matyja visited the Archives thanks to an International Visegrad Fund Research Grant at the HAEU. As part of his doctoral dissertation, he is using archival fonds to investigate how Poland sought to strengthen its economy through international economic cooperation in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Europe and Europeans 1950>2020: 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration

2020 marks the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, a short but powerful statement made by the French Foreign Minister, Robert Schuman, on the 9th of May 1950. The declaration, drafted by Jean Monnet and pronounced by Schuman, initiated the process of European integration with its vision of a joint French and German coal and steel production.

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Oral History Programmes

The Historical Archives of the European Union is the repository for various oral history programmes, launched to preserve the voices of European politicians and officials.

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Educational Projects

Educational Projects

The Educational Projects of the HAEU engage specialised and general publics with the archival documents of the EU deposited in Florence. This programme aims at enhancing the knowledge of the history of European integration and at promoting the understanding of European citizenship.

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Friends of the Historical Archives of the European Union

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Historical Archives of the European Union

Car access from Via Salviati 3 only, bus n°25 (Pratolino) and get off at “Il Cionfo 01” | Tel. Front Desk: +39 055 4685 649. | Reading room opening hours: Monday – Friday, 8.30 am – 5.00 pm

Villa Salviati

Via Bolognese, 156
50139 Firenze (FI)

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