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2012/0221(APP) Deposit of the historical archives of the institutions at the European University Institute in Florence

Progress: Procedure completed

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Lead CULT PACK Doris (icon: PPE PPE) COSTA Silvia (icon: S&D S&D), VATTIMO Gianni (icon: ALDE ALDE), TAVARES Rui (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), BISKY Lothar (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL)
Committee Opinion BUDG
Committee Opinion LIBE
Committee Opinion AFCO CASINI Carlo (icon: PPE PPE) Roberto GUALTIERI (icon: S&D S&D), Morten MESSERSCHMIDT (icon: ECR ECR)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 352-p1sub1

Events

2015/03/25
   Final act published in Official Journal
Details

PURPOSE: to regularise the existing partnership with the EUI (European University Institute in Florence) as regards the deposit of the historical archives of the European Union institutions at the EUI.

LEGISLATIVE ACT: Council Regulation (EU) 2015/496 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.

CONTENT: under this Regulation, each institution, other than the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the European Central Bank (ECB), shall deposit at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence the documents which are part of its historical archives and which it has opened to the public.

In 1984, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission decided to deposit their historical archives at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence where they are made available to the public. A contract between the European Communities, represented by the Commission, and the EUI was signed for this purpose on 17 December 1984.

The Italian government has made suitable premises available on a permanent basis and free of charge to the EUI to ensure that the deposited archives are preserved and protected in accordance with recognised international standards and to provide the possibility for on-site consultation.

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.

Purpose : the aim of this Regulation is to ensure the continued deposit of the historical archives of the institutions at the EUI to be incorporated into Union legislation in order to reflect the role of the EUI as a partner of the institutions in the management of their historical archives. Detailed provisions for the management of the historical archives at the EUI, including their deposit, access and public consultation, as well as the mutual roles and responsibilities of the institutions and of the EUI, should be set out in a framework partnership agreement.

Costs : the costs for managing the historical archives of the Union by the EUI should be financed from the general budget of the Union and those costs should be borne by all depositing institutions to the relevant budget line, within the limits of the yearly appropriations made available by the budgetary authority. Such financial contributions shall not cover costs related to the provision and adaptation of the buildings and repositories to house the archives and its staff. The size of the contributions shall be proportionate to the size of the respective establishment plans of the depositing institutions. Each contribution shall be recalculated whenever additional institutions begin to deposit their historical archives at the EUI or at least every five years.

The EUI shall be solely responsible for the staff called on to manage the historical archives of the Union deposited at the EUI.

Scope : this Regulation should apply to all institutions, and should not alter their responsibility to open their historical archives to the public nor the ownership by each institution of its historical archives. However, 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.

The depositing institutions may, for legal or administrative reasons, exclude the deposit of certain original documents at the EUI. In that case, they shall deposit a microform or digital copy of such documents. The depositing institutions shall retain the ownership of their archives, as well as exclusive responsibility for the composition of the documents and files that are deposited at or otherwise made available to the EUI.

Digitalisation of the archives : the institutions and EUI should, where possible, make the historical archives available to the public in digitised and digital form, so as to facilitate their consultation on the internet. The EUI shall ensure the preservation and protection of deposited archives. This preservation and protection shall comply with recognised international standards for the physical protection of archives and shall at least respect the technical and security rules that correspond with those used for the preservation and management of public archives in Italy.

Data protection : personal data contained in the historical archives of the Union deposited at the EUI should be processed in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data.

Annex : an annex lays down the provisions for the deposit of the historical archives of the institutions at the European University Institute in Florence. In the case of non-digital archives, the original documents shall be deposited at the EUI for permanent preservation. The depositing institutions shall return the originals to the EUI as soon as they no longer need them.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 26.3.2015.

2015/03/17
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament
2015/03/17
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2015/03/17
   CSL - Council Meeting
2013/05/21
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2013/05/21
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 600 to 8, with 15 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft 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.

Parliament gave its consent to the draft Council Regulation.

Documents
2013/04/30
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Culture and Education unanimously adopted the report by Doris PACK (EPP, DE) on the 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.

Members recommend that the European Parliament give its consent to the proposed Council regulation. They welcome the fact that wherever possible, the institutions shall make their archives available to the public by electronic means and that it clarifies the rules applicable to the archives in terms of data protection.

Documents
2013/04/23
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2013/04/16
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2013/04/16
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2013/03/25
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2013/03/18
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to regularise the existing partnership with the EUI (European University Institute in Florence) as regards the deposit of the historical archives of the European Union institutions at the EUI.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Regulation.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

CONTENT: this proposed Regulation seeks to ensure that the EU institutions deposit their historical archives at the EUI in Florence (IT) which will make them available to the public.

A series of measures have been envisaged to facilitate this deposit.

For further information concerning the main provision of this proposed Regulation, as well as its financial implications for the European Union’s budget, please refer to the summary of the Commission’s initial legislative proposal, dated 16/08/2012 .

The Council’s revised version however includes a number of changes to the initial draft Regulation.

These changes may be summarised as follows:

emphasis on digitisation: the institutions and EUI should, where possible, make the historical archives available to the public in digitised and digital form , so as to facilitate their consultation on the internet ; derogation from the requirement to deposit archives: the depositing institutions may, for legal or administrative reasons, exclude the deposit of certain original documents at the EUI. In any event, the depositing institutions shall retain the ownership of their archives, as well as exclusive responsibility for the composition of the documents and files that are deposited at or otherwise made available to the EUI; framework agreement between the Parties: it is proposed to establish in a framework partnership agreement all the detailed provisions on the mutual roles and responsibilities of the institutions and of the EUI for the management of the historical archives of the Union, including their deposit, preservation, access and public consultation; management costs: the costs for the management of the historical archives of the Union shall be financed through contributions by all depositing institutions to the relevant budget line, within the limits of the yearly appropriations made available by the budgetary authority. Such financial contributions shall not cover costs related to the provision and adaptation of the buildings and repositories to house the archives and its staff. The size of the contributions shall be proportionate to the size of the respective establishment plans of the depositing institutions. Each contribution shall be recalculated whenever additional institutions begin to deposit their historical archives at the EUI or at least every five years; staff responsibility: the EUI shall be solely responsible for the staff called on to manage the historical archives of the Union deposited at the EUI.

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2012/11/07
   IT_SENATE - Contribution
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2012/10/25
   PT_PARLIAMENT - Contribution
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2012/10/10
   EDPS - Document attached to the procedure
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OPINION OF THE EUROPEAN DATA PROTECTION SUPERVISOR

on the Commission 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.

Before the adoption of the proposal, the EDPS was given the possibility to provide informal comments. Many of these comments have been taken into account in the proposal. As a result, the data protection safeguards in the proposal have been strengthened as regards:

the provisions on applicable law, the determination of the supervisory authority, the specification of the EUI's role as a processor, and the requirement to adopt implementing rules to address data protection issues at the practical level.

The EDPS considers that it is important that European institutions and bodies have clear policies of what personal data should or should not go to the historical archives , and how to safeguard those personal data that will be preserved and made publicly available via the historical archives. For the moment, although document management, data retention and archiving policies exist at many European institutions and bodies [for example, the Common Conservation List (‘CCL’), an internal administrative document issued by the Commission], these policies provide only limited guidance on data protection. In addition, it is to be noted that the existing policies are formulated in internal documents, rather than in a legislative instrument adopted by Council and Parliament .

The EDPS, in this Opinion, suggests a few targeted changes that can be included on the occasion of the current, more limited review of the Archives Regulation. Additionally, he highlights the need for adoption of specific measures, including adequate implementing rules, to ensure that data protection concerns are effectively addressed in the context of legitimate record keeping for historical purposes.

To address remaining data protection concerns, the EDPS recommends that the proposed amendment to the Archives Regulation :

specify the key objectives and minimum content of the implementing rules as well as the procedure for their adoption, including a governance structure to ensure a harmonised and coordinated approach, a clear time-frame for adoption, and consultation of the EDPS, clarify the rules applicable to security of personal data held in the historical archives, provide safeguards with regard to the private archives held by the EUI, and provide at least some minimum clarifications with regard to the privacy exception in Article 2 of the Archives Regulation.

2012/10/09
   EP - CASINI Carlo (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in AFCO
2012/09/19
   EP - PACK Doris (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in CULT
2012/08/16
   EP - Preparatory document
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PURPOSE: to provide a legal and financial basis for the continued deposit of the historical archives of the institutions of the EU at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI).

PROPOSED ACT: Council Regulation.

BACKGROUND: Council Regulation (EEC, Euratom) No 354/83 as amended by Council Regulation No 1700/2003 requires the EU institutions, as defined in that Regulation, to establish historical archives and to open them to the public once they are 30 years old. It enables each institution to hold its historical archives in whatever place it considers most appropriate.

In 1984, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agreed to deposit their historical archives at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI) where they are made available to the public. Since then, the European Court of Auditors, the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Investment Bank have also decided to deposit their archives at the EUI. The terms of the deposit are covered by a contract dated 17 December 1984 between the European Communities, represented by the Commission, and the EUI.

The purpose of depositing the historical archives of the institutions at the EUI is to provide access to the archives from a single location, to promote their consultation and to stimulate research into the history of European integration and the European institutions.

The Italian government makes available to the EUI, permanently and free of charge, suitable premises to house the archives. This ensures that the archives deposited are preserved and protected in accordance with recognised international standards.

The 1984 deposit contract has, however, become outdated and needs to be replaced by a more solid legal and financial basis for the partnership with the EUI, which reflects the role of the EUI as a partner of the institutions in the management of their historical archives.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken. The interested parties have been consulted. The EUI and Italy, as host institution and host government, have both given their support for the proposal.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

CONTENT: the proposal provides for the deposit of the historical archives by the institutions at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where they will be made available to the public by the EUI.

The proposal will not affect the purpose of Regulation No (EEC/Euratom) 354/83, i.e. the opening of the archives of the institutions after 30 years. It simply determines that they will be deposited at the EUI once the institutions concerned have opened them to the public in accordance with the existing Regulation. This formally recognises the existing situation, as most institutions that have opened their archives already deposit these at the EUI.

The Florence Institute: the EUI is a renowned centre of academic research and learning with a focus on Europe and European integration. It provides state of the art repository and research facilities built expressly for their preservation and consultation, and has an international reputation as the centre for these archives.

EU institutions to whom the obligation applies : all the institutions with the exception of the European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank will in future deposit their historical archives at the EUI once these archives have been opened to the public under the existing Regulation. The European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank have asked to be excluded from the obligation to deposit their historical archives at the EUI. However, they do not rule out doing so in future on a voluntary basis. This is due to the nature of their activities and reflects current practice in many Member States for the historical archives of similar bodies.

Ownership: the proposal will not affect the ownership of the historical archives, which will remain with the depositing institutions, nor will it affect the existing rules under which the institutions decide which documents to open to the public after 30 years.

Paper and digital archives : the proposal distinguishes between the deposit of paper and digital archives. Paper archives will continue to be physically deposited at, and preserved by, the EUI. However, the EUI will not need to preserve the digital archives for the purpose of providing access to these archives. The long-term preservation of digital archives will remain the responsibility of the originating institutions.

Personal data: the proposal clarifies the responsibilities of the EUI for the protection of personal data contained in the historical archives of the institutions. It also provides that each institution shall adopt implementing rules for the application of Regulation No (EC) 354/83 that include rules for the preservation, opening to the public and protection of personal data in the historical archives.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the management of the institutions' archives in Florence has been funded from the EU budget since the archives were first deposited at the EUI more than a quarter of a century ago. The Legislative Financial Statement provides for continuation of this funding.

The total amount in respect of administrative expenditure is EUR 16.170 million from 2013 to 2019 inclusive . The operational and staff costs incurred by the EUI to manage the historical archives will be funded from the general budget of the EU, excluding any costs related to the provision and equipping of the building(s) and repositories to house the archives and its staff.

The costs shall be shared by the depositing institutions in relation to the work done by the EUI for their respective archives (i.e. on a proportional basis).

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A7-0156/2013 - Doris Pack - Vote unique

2013/05/21 Outcome: +: 600, 0: 15, -: 8
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  • date: 2012-10-10T00:00:00 docs: url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:C:2013:028:TOC title: OJ C 028 30.01.2013, p. 0009 title: N7-0050/2013 summary: OPINION OF THE EUROPEAN DATA PROTECTION SUPERVISOR on the Commission 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. Before the adoption of the proposal, the EDPS was given the possibility to provide informal comments. Many of these comments have been taken into account in the proposal. As a result, the data protection safeguards in the proposal have been strengthened as regards: the provisions on applicable law, the determination of the supervisory authority, the specification of the EUI's role as a processor, and the requirement to adopt implementing rules to address data protection issues at the practical level. The EDPS considers that it is important that European institutions and bodies have clear policies of what personal data should or should not go to the historical archives , and how to safeguard those personal data that will be preserved and made publicly available via the historical archives. For the moment, although document management, data retention and archiving policies exist at many European institutions and bodies [for example, the Common Conservation List (‘CCL’), an internal administrative document issued by the Commission], these policies provide only limited guidance on data protection. In addition, it is to be noted that the existing policies are formulated in internal documents, rather than in a legislative instrument adopted by Council and Parliament . The EDPS, in this Opinion, suggests a few targeted changes that can be included on the occasion of the current, more limited review of the Archives Regulation. Additionally, he highlights the need for adoption of specific measures, including adequate implementing rules, to ensure that data protection concerns are effectively addressed in the context of legitimate record keeping for historical purposes. To address remaining data protection concerns, the EDPS recommends that the proposed amendment to the Archives Regulation : specify the key objectives and minimum content of the implementing rules as well as the procedure for their adoption, including a governance structure to ensure a harmonised and coordinated approach, a clear time-frame for adoption, and consultation of the EDPS, clarify the rules applicable to security of personal data held in the historical archives, provide safeguards with regard to the private archives held by the EUI, and provide at least some minimum clarifications with regard to the privacy exception in Article 2 of the Archives Regulation. type: Document attached to the procedure body: EDPS
  • date: 2013-03-25T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE507.989 title: PE507.989 type: Committee draft report body: EP
  • date: 2013-04-16T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE506.236&secondRef=02 title: PE506.236 committee: AFCO type: Committee opinion body: EP
  • date: 2012-11-07T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.connefof.europarl.europa.eu/connefof/app/exp/COM(2012)0456 title: COM(2012)0456 type: Contribution body: IT_SENATE
  • date: 2012-10-25T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.connefof.europarl.europa.eu/connefof/app/exp/COM(2012)0456 title: COM(2012)0456 type: Contribution body: PT_PARLIAMENT
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  • date: 2012-08-16T00:00:00 type: Initial legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2012/0456/COM_COM(2012)0456_EN.doc title: COM(2012)0456 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2012&nu_doc=456 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: to provide a legal and financial basis for the continued deposit of the historical archives of the institutions of the EU at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI). PROPOSED ACT: Council Regulation. BACKGROUND: Council Regulation (EEC, Euratom) No 354/83 as amended by Council Regulation No 1700/2003 requires the EU institutions, as defined in that Regulation, to establish historical archives and to open them to the public once they are 30 years old. It enables each institution to hold its historical archives in whatever place it considers most appropriate. In 1984, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agreed to deposit their historical archives at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI) where they are made available to the public. Since then, the European Court of Auditors, the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Investment Bank have also decided to deposit their archives at the EUI. The terms of the deposit are covered by a contract dated 17 December 1984 between the European Communities, represented by the Commission, and the EUI. The purpose of depositing the historical archives of the institutions at the EUI is to provide access to the archives from a single location, to promote their consultation and to stimulate research into the history of European integration and the European institutions. The Italian government makes available to the EUI, permanently and free of charge, suitable premises to house the archives. This ensures that the archives deposited are preserved and protected in accordance with recognised international standards. The 1984 deposit contract has, however, become outdated and needs to be replaced by a more solid legal and financial basis for the partnership with the EUI, which reflects the role of the EUI as a partner of the institutions in the management of their historical archives. IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken. The interested parties have been consulted. The EUI and Italy, as host institution and host government, have both given their support for the proposal. LEGAL BASIS: Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. CONTENT: the proposal provides for the deposit of the historical archives by the institutions at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where they will be made available to the public by the EUI. The proposal will not affect the purpose of Regulation No (EEC/Euratom) 354/83, i.e. the opening of the archives of the institutions after 30 years. It simply determines that they will be deposited at the EUI once the institutions concerned have opened them to the public in accordance with the existing Regulation. This formally recognises the existing situation, as most institutions that have opened their archives already deposit these at the EUI. The Florence Institute: the EUI is a renowned centre of academic research and learning with a focus on Europe and European integration. It provides state of the art repository and research facilities built expressly for their preservation and consultation, and has an international reputation as the centre for these archives. EU institutions to whom the obligation applies : all the institutions with the exception of the European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank will in future deposit their historical archives at the EUI once these archives have been opened to the public under the existing Regulation. The European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank have asked to be excluded from the obligation to deposit their historical archives at the EUI. However, they do not rule out doing so in future on a voluntary basis. This is due to the nature of their activities and reflects current practice in many Member States for the historical archives of similar bodies. Ownership: the proposal will not affect the ownership of the historical archives, which will remain with the depositing institutions, nor will it affect the existing rules under which the institutions decide which documents to open to the public after 30 years. Paper and digital archives : the proposal distinguishes between the deposit of paper and digital archives. Paper archives will continue to be physically deposited at, and preserved by, the EUI. However, the EUI will not need to preserve the digital archives for the purpose of providing access to these archives. The long-term preservation of digital archives will remain the responsibility of the originating institutions. Personal data: the proposal clarifies the responsibilities of the EUI for the protection of personal data contained in the historical archives of the institutions. It also provides that each institution shall adopt implementing rules for the application of Regulation No (EC) 354/83 that include rules for the preservation, opening to the public and protection of personal data in the historical archives. BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the management of the institutions' archives in Florence has been funded from the EU budget since the archives were first deposited at the EUI more than a quarter of a century ago. The Legislative Financial Statement provides for continuation of this funding. The total amount in respect of administrative expenditure is EUR 16.170 million from 2013 to 2019 inclusive . The operational and staff costs incurred by the EUI to manage the historical archives will be funded from the general budget of the EU, excluding any costs related to the provision and equipping of the building(s) and repositories to house the archives and its staff. The costs shall be shared by the depositing institutions in relation to the work done by the EUI for their respective archives (i.e. on a proportional basis).
  • date: 2013-03-18T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=ADV&RESULTSET=1&DOC_ID=6867%2F13&DOC_LANCD=EN&ROWSPP=25&NRROWS=500&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC title: 06867/2013 summary: PURPOSE: to regularise the existing partnership with the EUI (European University Institute in Florence) as regards the deposit of the historical archives of the European Union institutions at the EUI. PROPOSED ACT: Council Regulation. LEGAL BASIS: Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). CONTENT: this proposed Regulation seeks to ensure that the EU institutions deposit their historical archives at the EUI in Florence (IT) which will make them available to the public. A series of measures have been envisaged to facilitate this deposit. For further information concerning the main provision of this proposed Regulation, as well as its financial implications for the European Union’s budget, please refer to the summary of the Commission’s initial legislative proposal, dated 16/08/2012 . The Council’s revised version however includes a number of changes to the initial draft Regulation. These changes may be summarised as follows: emphasis on digitisation: the institutions and EUI should, where possible, make the historical archives available to the public in digitised and digital form , so as to facilitate their consultation on the internet ; derogation from the requirement to deposit archives: the depositing institutions may, for legal or administrative reasons, exclude the deposit of certain original documents at the EUI. In any event, the depositing institutions shall retain the ownership of their archives, as well as exclusive responsibility for the composition of the documents and files that are deposited at or otherwise made available to the EUI; framework agreement between the Parties: it is proposed to establish in a framework partnership agreement all the detailed provisions on the mutual roles and responsibilities of the institutions and of the EUI for the management of the historical archives of the Union, including their deposit, preservation, access and public consultation; management costs: the costs for the management of the historical archives of the Union shall be financed through contributions by all depositing institutions to the relevant budget line, within the limits of the yearly appropriations made available by the budgetary authority. Such financial contributions shall not cover costs related to the provision and adaptation of the buildings and repositories to house the archives and its staff. The size of the contributions shall be proportionate to the size of the respective establishment plans of the depositing institutions. Each contribution shall be recalculated whenever additional institutions begin to deposit their historical archives at the EUI or at least every five years; staff responsibility: the EUI shall be solely responsible for the staff called on to manage the historical archives of the Union deposited at the EUI.
  • date: 2013-04-16T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2013-04-23T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2013-04-30T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A7-2013-156&language=EN title: A7-0156/2013 summary: The Committee on Culture and Education unanimously adopted the report by Doris PACK (EPP, DE) on the 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. Members recommend that the European Parliament give its consent to the proposed Council regulation. They welcome the fact that wherever possible, the institutions shall make their archives available to the public by electronic means and that it clarifies the rules applicable to the archives in terms of data protection.
  • date: 2013-05-21T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=22902&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2013-05-21T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P7-TA-2013-193 title: T7-0193/2013 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 600 to 8, with 15 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft 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. Parliament gave its consent to the draft Council Regulation.
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  • date: 2015-03-17T00:00:00 type: End of procedure in Parliament body: EP
  • date: 2015-03-25T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal summary: PURPOSE: to regularise the existing partnership with the EUI (European University Institute in Florence) as regards the deposit of the historical archives of the European Union institutions at the EUI. LEGISLATIVE ACT: Council Regulation (EU) 2015/496 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. CONTENT: under this Regulation, each institution, other than the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the European Central Bank (ECB), shall deposit at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence the documents which are part of its historical archives and which it has opened to the public. In 1984, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission decided to deposit their historical archives at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence where they are made available to the public. A contract between the European Communities, represented by the Commission, and the EUI was signed for this purpose on 17 December 1984. The Italian government has made suitable premises available on a permanent basis and free of charge to the EUI to ensure that the deposited archives are preserved and protected in accordance with recognised international standards and to provide the possibility for on-site consultation. 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. Purpose : the aim of this Regulation is to ensure the continued deposit of the historical archives of the institutions at the EUI to be incorporated into Union legislation in order to reflect the role of the EUI as a partner of the institutions in the management of their historical archives. Detailed provisions for the management of the historical archives at the EUI, including their deposit, access and public consultation, as well as the mutual roles and responsibilities of the institutions and of the EUI, should be set out in a framework partnership agreement. Costs : the costs for managing the historical archives of the Union by the EUI should be financed from the general budget of the Union and those costs should be borne by all depositing institutions to the relevant budget line, within the limits of the yearly appropriations made available by the budgetary authority. Such financial contributions shall not cover costs related to the provision and adaptation of the buildings and repositories to house the archives and its staff. The size of the contributions shall be proportionate to the size of the respective establishment plans of the depositing institutions. Each contribution shall be recalculated whenever additional institutions begin to deposit their historical archives at the EUI or at least every five years. The EUI shall be solely responsible for the staff called on to manage the historical archives of the Union deposited at the EUI. Scope : this Regulation should apply to all institutions, and should not alter their responsibility to open their historical archives to the public nor the ownership by each institution of its historical archives. However, 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. The depositing institutions may, for legal or administrative reasons, exclude the deposit of certain original documents at the EUI. In that case, they shall deposit a microform or digital copy of such documents. The depositing institutions shall retain the ownership of their archives, as well as exclusive responsibility for the composition of the documents and files that are deposited at or otherwise made available to the EUI. Digitalisation of the archives : the institutions and EUI should, where possible, make the historical archives available to the public in digitised and digital form, so as to facilitate their consultation on the internet. The EUI shall ensure the preservation and protection of deposited archives. This preservation and protection shall comply with recognised international standards for the physical protection of archives and shall at least respect the technical and security rules that correspond with those used for the preservation and management of public archives in Italy. Data protection : personal data contained in the historical archives of the Union deposited at the EUI should be processed in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data. Annex : an annex lays down the provisions for the deposit of the historical archives of the institutions at the European University Institute in Florence. In the case of non-digital archives, the original documents shall be deposited at the EUI for permanent preservation. The depositing institutions shall return the originals to the EUI as soon as they no longer need them. ENTRY INTO FORCE: 26.3.2015. docs: title: Regulation 2015/496 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32015R0496 title: OJ L 079 25.03.2015, p. 0001 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2015:079:TOC
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  • PURPOSE: to regularise the existing partnership with the EUI (European University Institute in Florence) as regards the deposit of the historical archives of the European Union institutions at the EUI.

    LEGISLATIVE ACT: Council Regulation (EU) 2015/496 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.

    CONTENT: under this Regulation, each institution, other than the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the European Central Bank (ECB), shall deposit at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence the documents which are part of its historical archives and which it has opened to the public.

    In 1984, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission decided to deposit their historical archives at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence where they are made available to the public. A contract between the European Communities, represented by the Commission, and the EUI was signed for this purpose on 17 December 1984.

    The Italian government has made suitable premises available on a permanent basis and free of charge to the EUI to ensure that the deposited archives are preserved and protected in accordance with recognised international standards and to provide the possibility for on-site consultation.

    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.

    Purpose: the aim of this Regulation is to ensure the continued deposit of the historical archives of the institutions at the EUI to be incorporated into Union legislation in order to reflect the role of the EUI as a partner of the institutions in the management of their historical archives. Detailed provisions for the management of the historical archives at the EUI, including their deposit, access and public consultation, as well as the mutual roles and responsibilities of the institutions and of the EUI, should be set out in a framework partnership agreement.

    Costs: the costs for managing the historical archives of the Union by the EUI should be financed from the general budget of the Union and those costs should be borne by all depositing institutions to the relevant budget line, within the limits of the yearly appropriations made available by the budgetary authority. Such financial contributions shall not cover costs related to the provision and adaptation of the buildings and repositories to house the archives and its staff. The size of the contributions shall be proportionate to the size of the respective establishment plans of the depositing institutions. Each contribution shall be recalculated whenever additional institutions begin to deposit their historical archives at the EUI or at least every five years.

    The EUI shall be solely responsible for the staff called on to manage the historical archives of the Union deposited at the EUI.

    Scope: this Regulation should apply to all institutions, and should not alter their responsibility to open their historical archives to the public nor the ownership by each institution of its historical archives. However, 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.

    The depositing institutions may, for legal or administrative reasons, exclude the deposit of certain original documents at the EUI. In that case, they shall deposit a microform or digital copy of such documents. The depositing institutions shall retain the ownership of their archives, as well as exclusive responsibility for the composition of the documents and files that are deposited at or otherwise made available to the EUI.

    Digitalisation of the archives: the institutions and EUI should, where possible, make the historical archives available to the public in digitised and digital form, so as to facilitate their consultation on the internet. The EUI shall ensure the preservation and protection of deposited archives. This preservation and protection shall comply with recognised international standards for the physical protection of archives and shall at least respect the technical and security rules that correspond with those used for the preservation and management of public archives in Italy.

    Data protection: personal data contained in the historical archives of the Union deposited at the EUI should be processed in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data.

    Annex: an annex lays down the provisions for the deposit of the historical archives of the institutions at the European University Institute in Florence. In the case of non-digital archives, the original documents shall be deposited at the EUI for permanent preservation. The depositing institutions shall return the originals to the EUI as soon as they no longer need them.

    ENTRY INTO FORCE: 26.3.2015.

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  • PURPOSE: to provide a legal and financial basis for the continued deposit of the historical archives of the institutions of the EU at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI).

    PROPOSED ACT: Council Regulation.

    BACKGROUND: Council Regulation (EEC, Euratom) No 354/83 as amended by Council Regulation No 1700/2003 requires the EU institutions, as defined in that Regulation, to establish historical archives and to open them to the public once they are 30 years old. It enables each institution to hold its historical archives in whatever place it considers most appropriate.

    In 1984, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agreed to deposit their historical archives at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI) where they are made available to the public. Since then, the European Court of Auditors, the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Investment Bank have also decided to deposit their archives at the EUI. The terms of the deposit are covered by a contract dated 17 December 1984 between the European Communities, represented by the Commission, and the EUI.

    The purpose of depositing the historical archives of the institutions at the EUI is to provide access to the archives from a single location, to promote their consultation and to stimulate research into the history of European integration and the European institutions.

    The Italian government makes available to the EUI, permanently and free of charge, suitable premises to house the archives. This ensures that the archives deposited are preserved and protected in accordance with recognised international standards.

    The 1984 deposit contract has, however, become outdated and needs to be replaced by a more solid legal and financial basis for the partnership with the EUI, which reflects the role of the EUI as a partner of the institutions in the management of their historical archives.

    IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken. The interested parties have been consulted. The EUI and Italy, as host institution and host government, have both given their support for the proposal.

    LEGAL BASIS: Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

    CONTENT: the proposal provides for the deposit of the historical archives by the institutions at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where they will be made available to the public by the EUI.

    The proposal will not affect the purpose of Regulation No (EEC/Euratom) 354/83, i.e. the opening of the archives of the institutions after 30 years. It simply determines that they will be deposited at the EUI once the institutions concerned have opened them to the public in accordance with the existing Regulation. This formally recognises the existing situation, as most institutions that have opened their archives already deposit these at the EUI.

    The Florence Institute: the EUI is a renowned centre of academic research and learning with a focus on Europe and European integration. It provides state of the art repository and research facilities built expressly for their preservation and consultation, and has an international reputation as the centre for these archives.

    EU institutions to whom the obligation applies: all the institutions with the exception of the European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank will in future deposit their historical archives at the EUI once these archives have been opened to the public under the existing Regulation. The European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank have asked to be excluded from the obligation to deposit their historical archives at the EUI. However, they do not rule out doing so in future on a voluntary basis. This is due to the nature of their activities and reflects current practice in many Member States for the historical archives of similar bodies.

    Ownership: the proposal will not affect the ownership of the historical archives, which will remain with the depositing institutions, nor will it affect the existing rules under which the institutions decide which documents to open to the public after 30 years.

    Paper and digital archives: the proposal distinguishes between the deposit of paper and digital archives. Paper archives will continue to be physically deposited at, and preserved by, the EUI. However, the EUI will not need to preserve the digital archives for the purpose of providing access to these archives. The long-term preservation of digital archives will remain the responsibility of the originating institutions.

    Personal data: the proposal clarifies the responsibilities of the EUI for the protection of personal data contained in the historical archives of the institutions. It also provides that each institution shall adopt implementing rules for the application of Regulation No (EC) 354/83 that include rules for the preservation, opening to the public and protection of personal data in the historical archives.

    BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the management of the institutions' archives in Florence has been funded from the EU budget since the archives were first deposited at the EUI more than a quarter of a century ago. The Legislative Financial Statement provides for continuation of this funding.

    The total amount in respect of administrative expenditure is EUR 16.170 million from 2013 to 2019 inclusive. The operational and staff costs incurred by the EUI to manage the historical archives will be funded from the general budget of the EU, excluding any costs related to the provision and equipping of the building(s) and repositories to house the archives and its staff.

    The costs shall be shared by the depositing institutions in relation to the work done by the EUI for their respective archives (i.e. on a proportional basis).

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OPINION OF THE EUROPEAN DATA PROTECTION SUPERVISOR

on the Commission 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.

Before the adoption of the proposal, the EDPS was given the possibility to provide informal comments. Many of these comments have been taken into account in the proposal. As a result, the data protection safeguards in the proposal have been strengthened as regards:

  • the provisions on applicable law,
  • the determination of the supervisory authority,
  • the specification of the EUI's role as a processor, and
  • the requirement to adopt implementing rules to address data protection issues at the practical level.

The EDPS considers that it is important that European institutions and bodies have clear policies of what personal data should or should not go to the historical archives, and how to safeguard those personal data that will be preserved and made publicly available via the historical archives. For the moment, although document management, data retention and archiving policies exist at many European institutions and bodies [for example, the Common Conservation List (‘CCL’), an internal administrative document issued by the Commission], these policies provide only limited guidance on data protection. In addition, it is to be noted that the existing policies are formulated in internal documents, rather than in a legislative instrument adopted by Council and Parliament.

The EDPS, in this Opinion, suggests a few targeted changes that can be included on the occasion of the current, more limited review of the Archives Regulation. Additionally, he highlights the need for adoption of specific measures, including adequate implementing rules, to ensure that data protection concerns are effectively addressed in the context of legitimate record keeping for historical purposes.

To address remaining data protection concerns, the EDPS recommends that the proposed amendment to the Archives Regulation:

  • specify the key objectives and minimum content of the implementing rules as well as the procedure for their adoption, including a governance structure to ensure a harmonised and coordinated approach, a clear time-frame for adoption, and consultation of the EDPS,
  • clarify the rules applicable to security of personal data held in the historical archives,
  • provide safeguards with regard to the private archives held by the EUI, and
  • provide at least some minimum clarifications with regard to the privacy exception in Article 2 of the Archives Regulation.
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The European Parliament adopted by 600 to 8, with 15 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft 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.

Parliament gave its consent to the draft Council Regulation.

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  • PURPOSE: to regularise the existing partnership with the EUI (European University Institute in Florence) as regards the deposit of the historical archives of the European Union institutions at the EUI.

    PROPOSED ACT: Council Regulation.

    LEGAL BASIS: Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

    CONTENT: this proposed Regulation seeks to ensure that the EU institutions deposit their historical archives at the EUI in Florence (IT) which will make them available to the public.

    A series of measures have been envisaged to facilitate this deposit.

    For further information concerning the main provision of this proposed Regulation, as well as its financial implications for the European Union’s budget, please refer to the summary of the Commission’s initial legislative proposal, dated 16/08/2012.

    The Council’s revised version however includes a number of changes to the initial draft Regulation.

    These changes may be summarised as follows:

    • emphasis on digitisation: the institutions and EUI should, where possible, make the historical archives available to the public in digitised and digital form, so as to facilitate their consultation on the internet;
    • derogation from the requirement to deposit archives: the depositing institutions may, for legal or administrative reasons, exclude the deposit of certain original documents at the EUI. In any event, the depositing institutions shall retain the ownership of their archives, as well as exclusive responsibility for the composition of the documents and files that are deposited at or otherwise made available to the EUI;
    • framework agreement between the Parties: it is proposed to establish in a framework partnership agreement all the detailed provisions on the mutual roles and responsibilities of the institutions and of the EUI for the management of the historical archives of the Union, including their deposit, preservation, access and public consultation;
    • management costs: the costs for the management of the historical archives of the Union shall be financed through contributions by all depositing institutions to the relevant budget line, within the limits of the yearly appropriations made available by the budgetary authority. Such financial contributions shall not cover costs related to the provision and adaptation of the buildings and repositories to house the archives and its staff. The size of the contributions shall be proportionate to the size of the respective establishment plans of the depositing institutions. Each contribution shall be recalculated whenever additional institutions begin to deposit their historical archives at the EUI or at least every five years;
    • staff responsibility: the EUI shall be solely responsible for the staff called on to manage the historical archives of the Union deposited at the EUI.
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PURPOSE: to provide a legal and financial basis for the continued deposit of the historical archives of the institutions of the EU at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI).

PROPOSED ACT: Council Regulation.

BACKGROUND: Council Regulation (EEC, Euratom) No 354/83 as amended by Council Regulation No 1700/2003 requires the EU institutions, as defined in that Regulation, to establish historical archives and to open them to the public once they are 30 years old. It enables each institution to hold its historical archives in whatever place it considers most appropriate.

In 1984, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agreed to deposit their historical archives at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI) where they are made available to the public. Since then, the European Court of Auditors, the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Investment Bank have also decided to deposit their archives at the EUI. The terms of the deposit are covered by a contract dated 17 December 1984 between the European Communities, represented by the Commission, and the EUI.

The purpose of depositing the historical archives of the institutions at the EUI is to provide access to the archives from a single location, to promote their consultation and to stimulate research into the history of European integration and the European institutions.

The Italian government makes available to the EUI, permanently and free of charge, suitable premises to house the archives. This ensures that the archives deposited are preserved and protected in accordance with recognised international standards.

The 1984 deposit contract has, however, become outdated and needs to be replaced by a more solid legal and financial basis for the partnership with the EUI, which reflects the role of the EUI as a partner of the institutions in the management of their historical archives.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken. The interested parties have been consulted. The EUI and Italy, as host institution and host government, have both given their support for the proposal.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

CONTENT: the proposal provides for the deposit of the historical archives by the institutions at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where they will be made available to the public by the EUI.

The proposal will not affect the purpose of Regulation No (EEC/Euratom) 354/83, i.e. the opening of the archives of the institutions after 30 years. It simply determines that they will be deposited at the EUI once the institutions concerned have opened them to the public in accordance with the existing Regulation. This formally recognises the existing situation, as most institutions that have opened their archives already deposit these at the EUI.

The Florence Institute: the EUI is a renowned centre of academic research and learning with a focus on Europe and European integration. It provides state of the art repository and research facilities built expressly for their preservation and consultation, and has an international reputation as the centre for these archives.

EU institutions to whom the obligation applies: all the institutions with the exception of the European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank will in future deposit their historical archives at the EUI once these archives have been opened to the public under the existing Regulation. The European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank have asked to be excluded from the obligation to deposit their historical archives at the EUI. However, they do not rule out doing so in future on a voluntary basis. This is due to the nature of their activities and reflects current practice in many Member States for the historical archives of similar bodies.

Ownership: the proposal will not affect the ownership of the historical archives, which will remain with the depositing institutions, nor will it affect the existing rules under which the institutions decide which documents to open to the public after 30 years.

Paper and digital archives: the proposal distinguishes between the deposit of paper and digital archives. Paper archives will continue to be physically deposited at, and preserved by, the EUI. However, the EUI will not need to preserve the digital archives for the purpose of providing access to these archives. The long-term preservation of digital archives will remain the responsibility of the originating institutions.

Personal data: the proposal clarifies the responsibilities of the EUI for the protection of personal data contained in the historical archives of the institutions. It also provides that each institution shall adopt implementing rules for the application of Regulation No (EC) 354/83 that include rules for the preservation, opening to the public and protection of personal data in the historical archives.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the management of the institutions' archives in Florence has been funded from the EU budget since the archives were first deposited at the EUI more than a quarter of a century ago. The Legislative Financial Statement provides for continuation of this funding.

The total amount in respect of administrative expenditure is EUR 16.170 million from 2013 to 2019 inclusive. The operational and staff costs incurred by the EUI to manage the historical archives will be funded from the general budget of the EU, excluding any costs related to the provision and equipping of the building(s) and repositories to house the archives and its staff.

The costs shall be shared by the depositing institutions in relation to the work done by the EUI for their respective archives (i.e. on a proportional basis).

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PURPOSE: to provide a legal and financial basis for the continued deposit of the historical archives of the institutions of the EU at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI).

PROPOSED ACT: Council Regulation.

BACKGROUND: Council Regulation (EEC, Euratom) No 354/83 as amended by Council Regulation No 1700/2003 requires the EU institutions, as defined in that Regulation, to establish historical archives and to open them to the public once they are 30 years old. It enables each institution to hold its historical archives in whatever place it considers most appropriate.

In 1984, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agreed to deposit their historical archives at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI) where they are made available to the public. Since then, the European Court of Auditors, the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Investment Bank have also decided to deposit their archives at the EUI. The terms of the deposit are covered by a contract dated 17 December 1984 between the European Communities, represented by the Commission, and the EUI.

The purpose of depositing the historical archives of the institutions at the EUI is to provide access to the archives from a single location, to promote their consultation and to stimulate research into the history of European integration and the European institutions.

The Italian government makes available to the EUI, permanently and free of charge, suitable premises to house the archives. This ensures that the archives deposited are preserved and protected in accordance with recognised international standards.

The 1984 deposit contract has, however, become outdated and needs to be replaced by a more solid legal and financial basis for the partnership with the EUI, which reflects the role of the EUI as a partner of the institutions in the management of their historical archives.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken. The interested parties have been consulted. The EUI and Italy, as host institution and host government, have both given their support for the proposal.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

CONTENT: the proposal provides for the deposit of the historical archives by the institutions at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where they will be made available to the public by the EUI.

The proposal will not affect the purpose of Regulation No (EEC/Euratom) 354/83, i.e. the opening of the archives of the institutions after 30 years. It simply determines that they will be deposited at the EUI once the institutions concerned have opened them to the public in accordance with the existing Regulation. This formally recognises the existing situation, as most institutions that have opened their archives already deposit these at the EUI.

The Florence Institute: the EUI is a renowned centre of academic research and learning with a focus on Europe and European integration. It provides state of the art repository and research facilities built expressly for their preservation and consultation, and has an international reputation as the centre for these archives.

EU institutions to whom the obligation applies: all the institutions with the exception of the European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank will in future deposit their historical archives at the EUI once these archives have been opened to the public under the existing Regulation. The European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank have asked to be excluded from the obligation to deposit their historical archives at the EUI. However, they do not rule out doing so in future on a voluntary basis. This is due to the nature of their activities and reflects current practice in many Member States for the historical archives of similar bodies.

Ownership: the proposal will not affect the ownership of the historical archives, which will remain with the depositing institutions, nor will it affect the existing rules under which the institutions decide which documents to open to the public after 30 years.

Paper and digital archives: the proposal distinguishes between the deposit of paper and digital archives. Paper archives will continue to be physically deposited at, and preserved by, the EUI. However, the EUI will not need to preserve the digital archives for the purpose of providing access to these archives. The long-term preservation of digital archives will remain the responsibility of the originating institutions.

Personal data: the proposal clarifies the responsibilities of the EUI for the protection of personal data contained in the historical archives of the institutions. It also provides that each institution shall adopt implementing rules for the application of Regulation No (EC) 354/83 that include rules for the preservation, opening to the public and protection of personal data in the historical archives.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the management of the institutions' archives in Florence has been funded from the EU budget since the archives were first deposited at the EUI more than a quarter of a century ago. The Legislative Financial Statement provides for continuation of this funding.

The total amount in respect of administrative expenditure is EUR 16.170 million from 2013 to 2019 inclusive. The operational and staff costs incurred by the EUI to manage the historical archives will be funded from the general budget of the EU, excluding any costs related to the provision and equipping of the building(s) and repositories to house the archives and its staff.

The costs shall be shared by the depositing institutions in relation to the work done by the EUI for their respective archives (i.e. on a proportional basis).

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  • The Committee on Culture and Education unanimously adopted the report by Doris PACK (EPP, DE) on the 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.

    Members recommend that the European Parliament give its consent to the proposed Council regulation. They welcome the fact that wherever possible, the institutions shall make their archives available to the public by electronic means and that it clarifies the rules applicable to the archives in terms of data protection.

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  • The European Parliament adopted by 600 to 8, with 15 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft 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.

    Parliament gave its consent to the draft Council Regulation.

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  • PURPOSE: to regularise the existing partnership with the EUI (European University Institute in Florence) as regards the deposit of the historical archives of the European Union institutions at the EUI.

    PROPOSED ACT: Council Regulation.

    LEGAL BASIS: Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

    CONTENT: this proposed Regulation seeks to ensure that the EU institutions deposit their historical archives at the EUI in Florence (IT) which will make them available to the public.

    A series of measures have been envisaged to facilitate this deposit.

    For further information concerning the main provision of this proposed Regulation, as well as its financial implications for the European Union’s budget, please refer to the summary of the Commission’s initial legislative proposal, dated 16/08/2012.

    The Council’s revised version however includes a number of changes to the initial draft Regulation.

    These changes may be summarised as follows:

    • emphasis on digitisation: the institutions and EUI should, where possible, make the historical archives available to the public in digitised and digital form, so as to facilitate their consultation on the internet;
    • derogation from the requirement to deposit archives: the depositing institutions may, for legal or administrative reasons, exclude the deposit of certain original documents at the EUI. In any event, the depositing institutions shall retain the ownership of their archives, as well as exclusive responsibility for the composition of the documents and files that are deposited at or otherwise made available to the EUI;
    • framework agreement between the Parties: it is proposed to establish in a framework partnership agreement all the detailed provisions on the mutual roles and responsibilities of the institutions and of the EUI for the management of the historical archives of the Union, including their deposit, preservation, access and public consultation;
    • management costs: the costs for the management of the historical archives of the Union shall be financed through contributions by all depositing institutions to the relevant budget line, within the limits of the yearly appropriations made available by the budgetary authority. Such financial contributions shall not cover costs related to the provision and adaptation of the buildings and repositories to house the archives and its staff. The size of the contributions shall be proportionate to the size of the respective establishment plans of the depositing institutions. Each contribution shall be recalculated whenever additional institutions begin to deposit their historical archives at the EUI or at least every five years;
    • staff responsibility: the EUI shall be solely responsible for the staff called on to manage the historical archives of the Union deposited at the EUI.
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  • PURPOSE: to regularise the existing partnership with the EUI (European University Institute in Florence) as regards the deposit of the historical archives of the European Union institutions at the EUI.

    PROPOSED ACT: Council Regulation.

    LEGAL BASIS: Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

    CONTENT: this proposed Regulation seeks to ensure that the EU institutions deposit their historical archives at the EUI in Florence (IT) which will make them available to the public.

    A series of measures have been envisaged to facilitate this deposit.

    For further information concerning the main provision of this proposed Regulation, as well as its financial implications for the European Union’s budget, please refer to the summary of the Commission’s initial legislative proposal, dated 16/08/2012.

    The Council’s revised version however includes a number of changes to the initial draft Regulation.

    These changes may be summarised as follows:

    • emphasis on digitisation: the institutions and EUI should, where possible, make the historical archives available to the public in digitised and digital form, so as to facilitate their consultation on the internet;
    • derogation from the requirement to deposit archives: the depositing institutions may, for legal or administrative reasons, exclude the deposit of certain original documents at the EUI. In any event, the depositing institutions shall retain the ownership of their archives, as well as exclusive responsibility for the composition of the documents and files that are deposited at or otherwise made available to the EUI;
    • framework agreement between the Parties: it is proposed to establish in a framework partnership agreement all the detailed provisions on the mutual roles and responsibilities of the institutions and of the EUI for the management of the historical archives of the Union, including their deposit, preservation, access and public consultation;
    • management costs: the costs for the management of the historical archives of the Union shall be financed through contributions by all depositing institutions to the relevant budget line, within the limits of the yearly appropriations made available by the budgetary authority. Such financial contributions shall not cover costs related to the provision and adaptation of the buildings and repositories to house the archives and its staff. The size of the contributions shall be proportionate to the size of the respective establishment plans of the depositing institutions. Each contribution shall be recalculated whenever additional institutions begin to deposit their historical archives at the EUI or at least every five years;
    • staff responsibility: the EUI shall be solely responsible for the staff called on to manage the historical archives of the Union deposited at the EUI.
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PURPOSE: to provide a legal and financial basis for the continued deposit of the historical archives of the institutions of the EU at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI).

PROPOSED ACT: Council Regulation.

BACKGROUND: Council Regulation (EEC, Euratom) No 354/83 as amended by Council Regulation No 1700/2003 requires the EU institutions, as defined in that Regulation, to establish historical archives and to open them to the public once they are 30 years old. It enables each institution to hold its historical archives in whatever place it considers most appropriate.

In 1984, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agreed to deposit their historical archives at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI) where they are made available to the public. Since then, the European Court of Auditors, the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Investment Bank have also decided to deposit their archives at the EUI. The terms of the deposit are covered by a contract dated 17 December 1984 between the European Communities, represented by the Commission, and the EUI.

The purpose of depositing the historical archives of the institutions at the EUI is to provide access to the archives from a single location, to promote their consultation and to stimulate research into the history of European integration and the European institutions.

The Italian government makes available to the EUI, permanently and free of charge, suitable premises to house the archives. This ensures that the archives deposited are preserved and protected in accordance with recognised international standards.

The 1984 deposit contract has, however, become outdated and needs to be replaced by a more solid legal and financial basis for the partnership with the EUI, which reflects the role of the EUI as a partner of the institutions in the management of their historical archives.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken. The interested parties have been consulted. The EUI and Italy, as host institution and host government, have both given their support for the proposal.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

CONTENT: the proposal provides for the deposit of the historical archives by the institutions at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where they will be made available to the public by the EUI.

The proposal will not affect the purpose of Regulation No (EEC/Euratom) 354/83, i.e. the opening of the archives of the institutions after 30 years. It simply determines that they will be deposited at the EUI once the institutions concerned have opened them to the public in accordance with the existing Regulation. This formally recognises the existing situation, as most institutions that have opened their archives already deposit these at the EUI.

The Florence Institute: the EUI is a renowned centre of academic research and learning with a focus on Europe and European integration. It provides state of the art repository and research facilities built expressly for their preservation and consultation, and has an international reputation as the centre for these archives.

EU institutions to whom the obligation applies: all the institutions with the exception of the European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank will in future deposit their historical archives at the EUI once these archives have been opened to the public under the existing Regulation. The European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank have asked to be excluded from the obligation to deposit their historical archives at the EUI. However, they do not rule out doing so in future on a voluntary basis. This is due to the nature of their activities and reflects current practice in many Member States for the historical archives of similar bodies.

Ownership: the proposal will not affect the ownership of the historical archives, which will remain with the depositing institutions, nor will it affect the existing rules under which the institutions decide which documents to open to the public after 30 years.

Paper and digital archives: the proposal distinguishes between the deposit of paper and digital archives. Paper archives will continue to be physically deposited at, and preserved by, the EUI. However, the EUI will not need to preserve the digital archives for the purpose of providing access to these archives. The long-term preservation of digital archives will remain the responsibility of the originating institutions.

Personal data: the proposal clarifies the responsibilities of the EUI for the protection of personal data contained in the historical archives of the institutions. It also provides that each institution shall adopt implementing rules for the application of Regulation No (EC) 354/83 that include rules for the preservation, opening to the public and protection of personal data in the historical archives.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the management of the institutions’ archives in Florence has been funded from the EU budget since the archives were first deposited at the EUI more than a quarter of a century ago. The Legislative Financial Statement provides for continuation of this funding.

The total amount in respect of administrative expenditure is EUR 16.170 million from 2013 to 2019 inclusive. The operational and staff costs incurred by the EUI to manage the historical archives will be funded from the general budget of the EU, excluding any costs related to the provision and equipping of the building(s) and repositories to house the archives and its staff.

The costs shall be shared by the depositing institutions in relation to the work done by the EUI for their respective archives (i.e. on a proportional basis).

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PURPOSE: to provide a legal and financial basis for the continued deposit of the historical archives of the institutions of the EU at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI).

PROPOSED ACT: Council Regulation.

BACKGROUND: Council Regulation (EEC, Euratom) No 354/83 as amended by Council Regulation No 1700/2003 requires the EU institutions, as defined in that Regulation, to establish historical archives and to open them to the public once they are 30 years old. It enables each institution to hold its historical archives in whatever place it considers most appropriate.

In 1984, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agreed to deposit their historical archives at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI) where they are made available to the public. Since then, the European Court of Auditors, the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Investment Bank have also decided to deposit their archives at the EUI. The terms of the deposit are covered by a contract dated 17 December 1984 between the European Communities, represented by the Commission, and the EUI.

The purpose of depositing the historical archives of the institutions at the EUI is to provide access to the archives from a single location, to promote their consultation and to stimulate research into the history of European integration and the European institutions.

The Italian government makes available to the EUI, permanently and free of charge, suitable premises to house the archives. This ensures that the archives deposited are preserved and protected in accordance with recognised international standards.

The 1984 deposit contract has, however, become outdated and needs to be replaced by a more solid legal and financial basis for the partnership with the EUI, which reflects the role of the EUI as a partner of the institutions in the management of their historical archives.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken. The interested parties have been consulted. The EUI and Italy, as host institution and host government, have both given their support for the proposal.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

CONTENT: the proposal provides for the deposit of the historical archives by the institutions at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where they will be made available to the public by the EUI.

The proposal will not affect the purpose of Regulation No (EEC/Euratom) 354/83, i.e. the opening of the archives of the institutions after 30 years. It simply determines that they will be deposited at the EUI once the institutions concerned have opened them to the public in accordance with the existing Regulation. This formally recognises the existing situation, as most institutions that have opened their archives already deposit these at the EUI.

The Florence Institute: the EUI is a renowned centre of academic research and learning with a focus on Europe and European integration. It provides state of the art repository and research facilities built expressly for their preservation and consultation, and has an international reputation as the centre for these archives.

EU institutions to whom the obligation applies: all the institutions with the exception of the European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank will in future deposit their historical archives at the EUI once these archives have been opened to the public under the existing Regulation. The European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank have asked to be excluded from the obligation to deposit their historical archives at the EUI. However, they do not rule out doing so in future on a voluntary basis. This is due to the nature of their activities and reflects current practice in many Member States for the historical archives of similar bodies.

Ownership: the proposal will not affect the ownership of the historical archives, which will remain with the depositing institutions, nor will it affect the existing rules under which the institutions decide which documents to open to the public after 30 years.

Paper and digital archives: the proposal distinguishes between the deposit of paper and digital archives. Paper archives will continue to be physically deposited at, and preserved by, the EUI. However, the EUI will not need to preserve the digital archives for the purpose of providing access to these archives. The long-term preservation of digital archives will remain the responsibility of the originating institutions.

Personal data: the proposal clarifies the responsibilities of the EUI for the protection of personal data contained in the historical archives of the institutions. It also provides that each institution shall adopt implementing rules for the application of Regulation No (EC) 354/83 that include rules for the preservation, opening to the public and protection of personal data in the historical archives.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the management of the institutions' archives in Florence has been funded from the EU budget since the archives were first deposited at the EUI more than a quarter of a century ago. The Legislative Financial Statement provides for continuation of this funding.

The total amount in respect of administrative expenditure is EUR 16.170 million from 2013 to 2019 inclusive. The operational and staff costs incurred by the EUI to manage the historical archives will be funded from the general budget of the EU, excluding any costs related to the provision and equipping of the building(s) and repositories to house the archives and its staff.

The costs shall be shared by the depositing institutions in relation to the work done by the EUI for their respective archives (i.e. on a proportional basis).

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  • OPINION OF THE EUROPEAN DATA PROTECTION SUPERVISOR

    on the Commission 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.

    Before the adoption of the proposal, the EDPS was given the possibility to provide informal comments. Many of these comments have been taken into account in the proposal. As a result, the data protection safeguards in the proposal have been strengthened as regards:

    • the provisions on applicable law,
    • the determination of the supervisory authority,
    • the specification of the EUI's role as a processor, and
    • the requirement to adopt implementing rules to address data protection issues at the practical level.

    The EDPS considers that it is important that European institutions and bodies have clear policies of what personal data should or should not go to the historical archives, and how to safeguard those personal data that will be preserved and made publicly available via the historical archives. For the moment, although document management, data retention and archiving policies exist at many European institutions and bodies [for example, the Common Conservation List (‘CCL’), an internal administrative document issued by the Commission], these policies provide only limited guidance on data protection. In addition, it is to be noted that the existing policies are formulated in internal documents, rather than in a legislative instrument adopted by Council and Parliament.

    The EDPS, in this Opinion, suggests a few targeted changes that can be included on the occasion of the current, more limited review of the Archives Regulation. Additionally, he highlights the need for adoption of specific measures, including adequate implementing rules, to ensure that data protection concerns are effectively addressed in the context of legitimate record keeping for historical purposes.

    To address remaining data protection concerns, the EDPS recommends that the proposed amendment to the Archives Regulation:

    • specify the key objectives and minimum content of the implementing rules as well as the procedure for their adoption, including a governance structure to ensure a harmonised and coordinated approach, a clear time-frame for adoption, and consultation of the EDPS,
    • clarify the rules applicable to security of personal data held in the historical archives,
    • provide safeguards with regard to the private archives held by the EUI, and
    • provide at least some minimum clarifications with regard to the privacy exception in Article 2 of the Archives Regulation.
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PURPOSE: to provide a legal and financial basis for the continued deposit of the historical archives of the institutions of the EU at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI).

PROPOSED ACT: Council Regulation.

BACKGROUND: Council Regulation (EEC, Euratom) No 354/83 as amended by Council Regulation No 1700/2003 requires the EU institutions, as defined in that Regulation, to establish historical archives and to open them to the public once they are 30 years old. It enables each institution to hold its historical archives in whatever place it considers most appropriate.

In 1984, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agreed to deposit their historical archives at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI) where they are made available to the public. Since then, the European Court of Auditors, the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Investment Bank have also decided to deposit their archives at the EUI. The terms of the deposit are covered by a contract dated 17 December 1984 between the European Communities, represented by the Commission, and the EUI.

The purpose of depositing the historical archives of the institutions at the EUI is to provide access to the archives from a single location, to promote their consultation and to stimulate research into the history of European integration and the European institutions.

The Italian government makes available to the EUI, permanently and free of charge, suitable premises to house the archives. This ensures that the archives deposited are preserved and protected in accordance with recognised international standards.

The 1984 deposit contract has, however, become outdated and needs to be replaced by a more solid legal and financial basis for the partnership with the EUI, which reflects the role of the EUI as a partner of the institutions in the management of their historical archives.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken. The interested parties have been consulted. The EUI and Italy, as host institution and host government, have both given their support for the proposal.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

CONTENT: the proposal provides for the deposit of the historical archives by the institutions at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where they will be made available to the public by the EUI.

The proposal will not affect the purpose of Regulation No (EEC/Euratom) 354/83, i.e. the opening of the archives of the institutions after 30 years. It simply determines that they will be deposited at the EUI once the institutions concerned have opened them to the public in accordance with the existing Regulation. This formally recognises the existing situation, as most institutions that have opened their archives already deposit these at the EUI.

The Florence Institute: the EUI is a renowned centre of academic research and learning with a focus on Europe and European integration. It provides state of the art repository and research facilities built expressly for their preservation and consultation, and has an international reputation as the centre for these archives.

EU institutions to whom the obligation applies: all the institutions with the exception of the European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank will in future deposit their historical archives at the EUI once these archives have been opened to the public under the existing Regulation. The European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank have asked to be excluded from the obligation to deposit their historical archives at the EUI. However, they do not rule out doing so in future on a voluntary basis. This is due to the nature of their activities and reflects current practice in many Member States for the historical archives of similar bodies.

Ownership: the proposal will not affect the ownership of the historical archives, which will remain with the depositing institutions, nor will it affect the existing rules under which the institutions decide which documents to open to the public after 30 years.

Paper and digital archives: the proposal distinguishes between the deposit of paper and digital archives. Paper archives will continue to be physically deposited at, and preserved by, the EUI. However, the EUI will not need to preserve the digital archives for the purpose of providing access to these archives. The long-term preservation of digital archives will remain the responsibility of the originating institutions.

Personal data: the proposal clarifies the responsibilities of the EUI for the protection of personal data contained in the historical archives of the institutions. It also provides that each institution shall adopt implementing rules for the application of Regulation No (EC) 354/83 that include rules for the preservation, opening to the public and protection of personal data in the historical archives.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the management of the institutions’ archives in Florence has been funded from the EU budget since the archives were first deposited at the EUI more than a quarter of a century ago. The Legislative Financial Statement provides for continuation of this funding.

The total amount in respect of administrative expenditure is EUR 16.170 million from 2013 to 2019 inclusive. The operational and staff costs incurred by the EUI to manage the historical archives will be funded from the general budget of the EU, excluding any costs related to the provision and equipping of the building(s) and repositories to house the archives and its staff.

The costs shall be shared by the depositing institutions in relation to the work done by the EUI for their respective archives (i.e. on a proportional basis).

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PURPOSE: to provide a legal and financial basis for the continued deposit of the historical archives of the institutions of the EU at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI).

PROPOSED ACT: Council Regulation.

BACKGROUND: Council Regulation (EEC, Euratom) No 354/83 as amended by Council Regulation No 1700/2003 requires the EU institutions, as defined in that Regulation, to establish historical archives and to open them to the public once they are 30 years old. It enables each institution to hold its historical archives in whatever place it considers most appropriate.

In 1984, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agreed to deposit their historical archives at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI) where they are made available to the public. Since then, the European Court of Auditors, the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Investment Bank have also decided to deposit their archives at the EUI. The terms of the deposit are covered by a contract dated 17 December 1984 between the European Communities, represented by the Commission, and the EUI.

The purpose of depositing the historical archives of the institutions at the EUI is to provide access to the archives from a single location, to promote their consultation and to stimulate research into the history of European integration and the European institutions.

The Italian government makes available to the EUI, permanently and free of charge, suitable premises to house the archives. This ensures that the archives deposited are preserved and protected in accordance with recognised international standards.

The 1984 deposit contract has, however, become outdated and needs to be replaced by a more solid legal and financial basis for the partnership with the EUI, which reflects the role of the EUI as a partner of the institutions in the management of their historical archives.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken. The interested parties have been consulted. The EUI and Italy, as host institution and host government, have both given their support for the proposal.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

CONTENT: the proposal provides for the deposit of the historical archives by the institutions at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where they will be made available to the public by the EUI.

The proposal will not affect the purpose of Regulation No (EEC/Euratom) 354/83, i.e. the opening of the archives of the institutions after 30 years. It simply determines that they will be deposited at the EUI once the institutions concerned have opened them to the public in accordance with the existing Regulation. This formally recognises the existing situation, as most institutions that have opened their archives already deposit these at the EUI.

The Florence Institute: the EUI is a renowned centre of academic research and learning with a focus on Europe and European integration. It provides state of the art repository and research facilities built expressly for their preservation and consultation, and has an international reputation as the centre for these archives.

EU institutions to whom the obligation applies: all the institutions with the exception of the European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank will in future deposit their historical archives at the EUI once these archives have been opened to the public under the existing Regulation. The European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank have asked to be excluded from the obligation to deposit their historical archives at the EUI. However, they do not rule out doing so in future on a voluntary basis. This is due to the nature of their activities and reflects current practice in many Member States for the historical archives of similar bodies.

Ownership: the proposal will not affect the ownership of the historical archives, which will remain with the depositing institutions, nor will it affect the existing rules under which the institutions decide which documents to open to the public after 30 years.

Paper and digital archives: the proposal distinguishes between the deposit of paper and digital archives. Paper archives will continue to be physically deposited at, and preserved by, the EUI. However, the EUI will not need to preserve the digital archives for the purpose of providing access to these archives. The long-term preservation of digital archives will remain the responsibility of the originating institutions.

Personal data: the proposal clarifies the responsibilities of the EUI for the protection of personal data contained in the historical archives of the institutions. It also provides that each institution shall adopt implementing rules for the application of Regulation No (EC) 354/83 that include rules for the preservation, opening to the public and protection of personal data in the historical archives.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the management of the institutions’ archives in Florence has been funded from the EU budget since the archives were first deposited at the EUI more than a quarter of a century ago. The Legislative Financial Statement provides for continuation of this funding.

The total amount in respect of administrative expenditure is EUR 16.170 million from 2013 to 2019 inclusive. The operational and staff costs incurred by the EUI to manage the historical archives will be funded from the general budget of the EU, excluding any costs related to the provision and equipping of the building(s) and repositories to house the archives and its staff.

The costs shall be shared by the depositing institutions in relation to the work done by the EUI for their respective archives (i.e. on a proportional basis).

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PURPOSE: to provide a legal and financial basis for the continued deposit of the historical archives of the institutions of the EU at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI).

PROPOSED ACT: Council Regulation.

BACKGROUND: Council Regulation (EEC, Euratom) No 354/83 as amended by Council Regulation No 1700/2003 requires the EU institutions, as defined in that Regulation, to establish historical archives and to open them to the public once they are 30 years old. It enables each institution to hold its historical archives in whatever place it considers most appropriate.

In 1984, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agreed to deposit their historical archives at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI) where they are made available to the public. Since then, the European Court of Auditors, the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Investment Bank have also decided to deposit their archives at the EUI. The terms of the deposit are covered by a contract dated 17 December 1984 between the European Communities, represented by the Commission, and the EUI.

The purpose of depositing the historical archives of the institutions at the EUI is to provide access to the archives from a single location, to promote their consultation and to stimulate research into the history of European integration and the European institutions.

The Italian government makes available to the EUI, permanently and free of charge, suitable premises to house the archives. This ensures that the archives deposited are preserved and protected in accordance with recognised international standards.

The 1984 deposit contract has, however, become outdated and needs to be replaced by a more solid legal and financial basis for the partnership with the EUI, which reflects the role of the EUI as a partner of the institutions in the management of their historical archives.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken. The interested parties have been consulted. The EUI and Italy, as host institution and host government, have both given their support for the proposal.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

CONTENT: the proposal provides for the deposit of the historical archives by the institutions at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where they will be made available to the public by the EUI.

The proposal will not affect the purpose of Regulation No (EEC/Euratom) 354/83, i.e. the opening of the archives of the institutions after 30 years. It simply determines that they will be deposited at the EUI once the institutions concerned have opened them to the public in accordance with the existing Regulation. This formally recognises the existing situation, as most institutions that have opened their archives already deposit these at the EUI.

The Florence Institute: the EUI is a renowned centre of academic research and learning with a focus on Europe and European integration. It provides state of the art repository and research facilities built expressly for their preservation and consultation, and has an international reputation as the centre for these archives.

EU institutions to whom the obligation applies: all the institutions with the exception of the European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank will in future deposit their historical archives at the EUI once these archives have been opened to the public under the existing Regulation. The European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank have asked to be excluded from the obligation to deposit their historical archives at the EUI. However, they do not rule out doing so in future on a voluntary basis. This is due to the nature of their activities and reflects current practice in many Member States for the historical archives of similar bodies.

Ownership: the proposal will not affect the ownership of the historical archives, which will remain with the depositing institutions, nor will it affect the existing rules under which the institutions decide which documents to open to the public after 30 years.

Paper and digital archives: the proposal distinguishes between the deposit of paper and digital archives. Paper archives will continue to be physically deposited at, and preserved by, the EUI. However, the EUI will not need to preserve the digital archives for the purpose of providing access to these archives. The long-term preservation of digital archives will remain the responsibility of the originating institutions.

Personal data: the proposal clarifies the responsibilities of the EUI for the protection of personal data contained in the historical archives of the institutions. It also provides that each institution shall adopt implementing rules for the application of Regulation No (EC) 354/83 that include rules for the preservation, opening to the public and protection of personal data in the historical archives.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the management of the institutions’ archives in Florence has been funded from the EU budget since the archives were first deposited at the EUI more than a quarter of a century ago. The Legislative Financial Statement provides for continuation of this funding.

The total amount in respect of administrative expenditure is EUR 16.170 million from 2013 to 2019 inclusive. The operational and staff costs incurred by the EUI to manage the historical archives will be funded from the general budget of the EU, excluding any costs related to the provision and equipping of the building(s) and repositories to house the archives and its staff.

The costs shall be shared by the depositing institutions in relation to the work done by the EUI for their respective archives (i.e. on a proportional basis).

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PURPOSE: to provide a legal and financial basis for the continued deposit of the historical archives of the institutions of the EU at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI).

PROPOSED ACT: Council Regulation.

BACKGROUND: Council Regulation (EEC, Euratom) No 354/83 as amended by Council Regulation No 1700/2003 requires the EU institutions, as defined in that Regulation, to establish historical archives and to open them to the public once they are 30 years old. It enables each institution to hold its historical archives in whatever place it considers most appropriate.

In 1984, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agreed to deposit their historical archives at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI) where they are made available to the public. Since then, the European Court of Auditors, the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Investment Bank have also decided to deposit their archives at the EUI. The terms of the deposit are covered by a contract dated 17 December 1984 between the European Communities, represented by the Commission, and the EUI.

The purpose of depositing the historical archives of the institutions at the EUI is to provide access to the archives from a single location, to promote their consultation and to stimulate research into the history of European integration and the European institutions.

The Italian government makes available to the EUI, permanently and free of charge, suitable premises to house the archives. This ensures that the archives deposited are preserved and protected in accordance with recognised international standards.

The 1984 deposit contract has, however, become outdated and needs to be replaced by a more solid legal and financial basis for the partnership with the EUI, which reflects the role of the EUI as a partner of the institutions in the management of their historical archives.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken. The interested parties have been consulted. The EUI and Italy, as host institution and host government, have both given their support for the proposal.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

CONTENT: the proposal provides for the deposit of the historical archives by the institutions at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where they will be made available to the public by the EUI.

The proposal will not affect the purpose of Regulation No (EEC/Euratom) 354/83, i.e. the opening of the archives of the institutions after 30 years. It simply determines that they will be deposited at the EUI once the institutions concerned have opened them to the public in accordance with the existing Regulation. This formally recognises the existing situation, as most institutions that have opened their archives already deposit these at the EUI.

The Florence Institute: the EUI is a renowned centre of academic research and learning with a focus on Europe and European integration. It provides state of the art repository and research facilities built expressly for their preservation and consultation, and has an international reputation as the centre for these archives.

EU institutions to whom the obligation applies: all the institutions with the exception of the European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank will in future deposit their historical archives at the EUI once these archives have been opened to the public under the existing Regulation. The European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank have asked to be excluded from the obligation to deposit their historical archives at the EUI. However, they do not rule out doing so in future on a voluntary basis. This is due to the nature of their activities and reflects current practice in many Member States for the historical archives of similar bodies.

Ownership: the proposal will not affect the ownership of the historical archives, which will remain with the depositing institutions, nor will it affect the existing rules under which the institutions decide which documents to open to the public after 30 years.

Paper and digital archives: the proposal distinguishes between the deposit of paper and digital archives. Paper archives will continue to be physically deposited at, and preserved by, the EUI. However, the EUI will not need to preserve the digital archives for the purpose of providing access to these archives. The long-term preservation of digital archives will remain the responsibility of the originating institutions.

Personal data: the proposal clarifies the responsibilities of the EUI for the protection of personal data contained in the historical archives of the institutions. It also provides that each institution shall adopt implementing rules for the application of Regulation No (EC) 354/83 that include rules for the preservation, opening to the public and protection of personal data in the historical archives.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the management of the institutions’ archives in Florence has been funded from the EU budget since the archives were first deposited at the EUI more than a quarter of a century ago. The Legislative Financial Statement provides for continuation of this funding.

The total amount in respect of administrative expenditure is EUR 16.170 million from 2013 to 2019 inclusive. The operational and staff costs incurred by the EUI to manage the historical archives will be funded from the general budget of the EU, excluding any costs related to the provision and equipping of the building(s) and repositories to house the archives and its staff.

The costs shall be shared by the depositing institutions in relation to the work done by the EUI for their respective archives (i.e. on a proportional basis).

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  • PURPOSE: to provide a legal and financial basis for the continued deposit of the historical archives of the institutions of the EU at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI).

    PROPOSED ACT: Council Regulation.

    BACKGROUND: Council Regulation (EEC, Euratom) No 354/83 as amended by Council Regulation No 1700/2003 requires the EU institutions, as defined in that Regulation, to establish historical archives and to open them to the public once they are 30 years old. It enables each institution to hold its historical archives in whatever place it considers most appropriate.

    In 1984, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agreed to deposit their historical archives at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI) where they are made available to the public. Since then, the European Court of Auditors, the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Investment Bank have also decided to deposit their archives at the EUI. The terms of the deposit are covered by a contract dated 17 December 1984 between the European Communities, represented by the Commission, and the EUI.

    The purpose of depositing the historical archives of the institutions at the EUI is to provide access to the archives from a single location, to promote their consultation and to stimulate research into the history of European integration and the European institutions.

    The Italian government makes available to the EUI, permanently and free of charge, suitable premises to house the archives. This ensures that the archives deposited are preserved and protected in accordance with recognised international standards.

    The 1984 deposit contract has, however, become outdated and needs to be replaced by a more solid legal and financial basis for the partnership with the EUI, which reflects the role of the EUI as a partner of the institutions in the management of their historical archives.

    IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken. The interested parties have been consulted. The EUI and Italy, as host institution and host government, have both given their support for the proposal.

    LEGAL BASIS: Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

    CONTENT: the proposal provides for the deposit of the historical archives by the institutions at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where they will be made available to the public by the EUI.

    The proposal will not affect the purpose of Regulation No (EEC/Euratom) 354/83, i.e. the opening of the archives of the institutions after 30 years. It simply determines that they will be deposited at the EUI once the institutions concerned have opened them to the public in accordance with the existing Regulation. This formally recognises the existing situation, as most institutions that have opened their archives already deposit these at the EUI.

    The Florence Institute: the EUI is a renowned centre of academic research and learning with a focus on Europe and European integration. It provides state of the art repository and research facilities built expressly for their preservation and consultation, and has an international reputation as the centre for these archives.

    EU institutions to whom the obligation applies: all the institutions with the exception of the European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank will in future deposit their historical archives at the EUI once these archives have been opened to the public under the existing Regulation. The European Court of Justice and the European Central Bank have asked to be excluded from the obligation to deposit their historical archives at the EUI. However, they do not rule out doing so in future on a voluntary basis. This is due to the nature of their activities and reflects current practice in many Member States for the historical archives of similar bodies.

    Ownership: the proposal will not affect the ownership of the historical archives, which will remain with the depositing institutions, nor will it affect the existing rules under which the institutions decide which documents to open to the public after 30 years.

    Paper and digital archives: the proposal distinguishes between the deposit of paper and digital archives. Paper archives will continue to be physically deposited at, and preserved by, the EUI. However, the EUI will not need to preserve the digital archives for the purpose of providing access to these archives. The long-term preservation of digital archives will remain the responsibility of the originating institutions.

    Personal data: the proposal clarifies the responsibilities of the EUI for the protection of personal data contained in the historical archives of the institutions. It also provides that each institution shall adopt implementing rules for the application of Regulation No (EC) 354/83 that include rules for the preservation, opening to the public and protection of personal data in the historical archives.

    BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the management of the institutions’ archives in Florence has been funded from the EU budget since the archives were first deposited at the EUI more than a quarter of a century ago. The Legislative Financial Statement provides for continuation of this funding.

    The total amount in respect of administrative expenditure is EUR 16.170 million from 2013 to 2019 inclusive. The operational and staff costs incurred by the EUI to manage the historical archives will be funded from the general budget of the EU, excluding any costs related to the provision and equipping of the building(s) and repositories to house the archives and its staff.

    The costs shall be shared by the depositing institutions in relation to the work done by the EUI for their respective archives (i.e. on a proportional basis).

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    Deposit of the historical archives of the institutions at the European University Institute in Florence
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