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Historical Archives of the European Union

Private archives of Franz Froschmaier now available

The fonds consists mainly of paper documents collected and/or produced by Franz Froschmaier during his various professional offices for the Commission of the European Community and for the Commission of the European Communities from 1975 to 1987.

24 September 2021


The private archives of Franz Froschmaier are now available for consultation at the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU).

The new fonds includes handwritten notes, correspondence, photographs, and reports from his career serving in the Commissions of the European Community and the European Communities, and in the German government. It also contains personal letters, drawings and artefacts, from 1958 until 2010.

The materials were deposited by Franz Froschmaier's heirs at the HAEU in Florence under the terms of a deposit contract signed between the depositors and the HAEU, represented by the Director Dieter Schlenker, in May 2021.

Franz Froschmaier was born in 1930 in Bamberg. A trained lawyer, he served as Deputy Head of Cabinet and later Head of Cabinet for European Commissioner Wilhelm Haferkamp from 1970 until 1981. He subsequently became Director General for Information, an office he held from 1981 until 1987. He later served in German government, taking up the role of Minister for Economic Affairs, Technology and Transport in the Government of Schleswig-Holstein from 1988 until 1992, and then acting as Head of the Hanse Office in Brussels from 1995 until 2004.

In addition to Froschmaier’s private papers, the HAEU also offers two interviews conducted with him for the oral history projects The European Commission from 1958-1973. Memories of an Institution, as well as for The European Commission 1973-1986. Memories of an institution.

Last update: 26 January 2022

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