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Archival policy

The archival policy of the European Commission includes both its internal policies and strategy with regard to archives as well as external co-operation and co-ordination.

Internally, archival policy aims to put in place the legal framework, strategies and procedures that allow the Commission to manage its archives and to open them to the public after thirty years.

Externally, the Commission's archival policy aims to promote cooperation on archives with and between the member states as well as with the other EU institutions and international archival bodies. To this end the Commission

  • co-chairs and provides the secretariat of the European Archives Group which is comprised of high level experts from all the Member States and the European institutions;
  • maintains close relations with the DLM Forum and is represented on the MoReq Governance Board;
  • works together with the other EU institutions in the inter-institutional working group on archives.