The inventory to Pascal Lamy's archives is now available online at the Historical Archives of the European Union at the European University Institute, in Florence. Consultation of the fonds is regulated in accordance with the rules for the various organisations concerned.
The fonds consists of approximately 35 linear meters and contains more than 1200 files. These include working papers, reports, correspondence, various speeches and documentation. In addition, a large number of photographs is currently being processed.
The themes of this fonds concern the functions that Pascal Lamy held within the European Commission, first as Head of Cabinet to the then-President of the European Commission Jacques Delors (1984-1994) and subsequently as European Commissioner for Trade during the Presidency of Romano Prodi (1999-2004). The materials thus bear witness to a crucial moment of the ‘Relaunch of the Community’ as well as to increasing globalisation at the turn of the new millennium.
The files also relate to the various responsibilities assumed by Pascal Lamy in the early stages of his career, in France, between 1979 and 1983. These include his functions at the General Inspectorate of Finance (1979) and following the Socialist victory of 1981, in the Offices of the Minister of the Economy and Finance Jacques Delors and subsequently of Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy (1981-1984).
In addition to the above, also of mention are the documents relating to Lamy’s post-Brussels journey. Pascal Lamy was Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva from 2005 to 2013, and thus a key figure in international trade negotiations.
The deposit of Pascal Lamy's archives at the HAEU was made possible thanks to the commitment of the Delors Institute in Paris, of which Pascal Lamy is today the President emeritus. The HAEU has been working in partnership with the Delors Institute since 2015, when it drew up the inventory of parts of the archives of the former President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors.
Image: Source: EC - Audiovisual Service; Photo by Christian Lambiotte; © European Communities, 2004