EU
EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK (and the CJEU) TO BE EXEMPT FROM HAVING
TO DEPOSIT DOCUMENTS IN EU ARCHIVES - WHY?
:
22.2.15

Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EEC/Euratom) No 354/83, as regards the deposit of the historical archives of the institutions at the European University Institute in Florence Adoption (13 February, pdf): The Council to adopt is position stating:

"The Commission proposal will make it obligatory for all EU institutions to deposit their paper historical archives at the European University Institute in Florence. The purpose of the deposit of the historical archives of the institutions at the EUI is to provide access to these archives from a single location, to promote their consultation and to stimulate research into the history of European integration and the European institutions."

However, the same document say the adoption is to be based on document no: 6867/13 (pdf) which will apply to all EU institutions except that:

"the specific nature of the activities of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the European Central Bank (ECB) justifies their exclusion from the obligation set out in this Regulation to deposit their historical archives at the EUI. The CJEU and the ECB may deposit their historical archives at the EUI on a voluntary basis." [emphasis added]

NB: "the historical archives of the Union are preserved and are made available to the public wherever possible after the expiry of a period of 30 years"

It also seems odd, in the light of the changes made in the Lisbon Treaty Article 15.1 which extends the Regulation on public access to EU documents to all EU agencies and bodies too that this proposed Regulation does not appear to cover to them as well.

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