The mission of the Historical Archives Service
Our service, created in 1983, conserves, manages and makes available for further use the Commission historical archives.
The legal basis of the Historical Archives Service (and of the archives services of the other EU institutions) is Council regulation 354/83 (amended by regulation 1700/2003) and regulation 496/2015.
30 people currently work at the Historical Archives Service. The archives can be consulted in a centrally-located reading room near the main EU offices in Brussels. The archives repositories are situated on 3 sites, 2 in Brussels and 1 in Luxembourg.
The mission of the Historical Archives Services is twofold:
We are a vital link between the Commission and the outside world, as illustrated by the diversity of our users: staff from the Commission and other EU institutions, national civil services, universities, journalists, lawyers, etc. The Historicial Archives Service can be considered as the custodian of the documentary heritage of the European Commission and contributes to building the future of the European Union.
Services for the public
Research requests can be very different.: some are looking for a well-defined document while others want to consult several files for more extensive research.