Historical Archives of the European Union

The collection of Letters of the Crocodile Club now available online

The collection of Letters of the Crocodile Club, whose activities in the early 1980s led to the approval in 1984 by the European Parliament of the Draft Treaty on the European Union, is now available online on the database of the Historical Archives of the European Union.

21/06/2021 | News

On July 9, 1980 at the Restaurant “Crocodile” in Strasbourg, Altiero Spinelli (1907-1986) met eight other MEPs who had welcomed his call for EC reform: “the Community must be reformed or it dies”. The eight other MEPs were Richard Balfe, Paola Gaiotti De Biase, Stanley Johnson, Brian Key, Silvio Leonardi, Hans August Lücker, Bruno Visentini and Karl von Wogau. Thus the “Crocodile Club” was born, whose activities were communicated in the “Letters to the Members of European Parliament”.

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Manifesto di Ventotene, the collection of the Crocodile Club “Letters” has now been digitised with the assistance of the HAEU. The collection is almost complete and composed of 59 issues, some of which have versions in four languages: English, French, Italian and German.

Access the collection of the Crocodile Club “Letter”

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