The European institutions and other bodies have a legal obligation to keep their archives and to open them to the public after thirty years. The legal basis for opening the historical archives is:
It is also possible to request access to documents that are not yet part of the historical archives.
Public access to documents
Access to documents of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission that are less than 30 years old can be requested in accordance with the provisions of Regulation (EC) 1049/2001 . The Agencies of the EU also apply Regulation 1049/2001.
Many of the other EU institutions and bodies apply voluntary rules for access to their documents:
Other legislation affecting access to documents of the EU institutions