The archive collections (of the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union)
The archiving process begins in the current archives section, where physical files are created using a classification system that reflects the structure of the Council's organisation chart, and metadata are entered into a documentary database.
Files are transferred to the intermediate archives section three years after closure.
Archives 30 years old and of historical value are accessible to the public in accordance with the Regulation concerning the opening of archives to the public.
The Council archives comprise about 7 linear kilometres of files and documents. Each archive collection has its own specific legal basis.
CM1 : files on the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), as defined by the Treaty of Paris (1952), and its development from inception to expiry.
CM2 : files on the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC), as defined by the Treaties of Rome (1957), and their development until the entry into force of the Treaty of Maastricht.
CM3 : files on the negotiation of intergovernmental agreements (mainly the Treaties of Rome and the Convention).
CM4 : files on the development of the European Union from the Treaty of Maastricht to the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon.
CM5 : files on the successive enlargements (accession of third countries).
CM6 : files on the Yaoundé Convention, the Lomé Convention and the Cotonou Agreement, containing documents on the Associated African States and Madagascar (AASM) and the ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific States).
CM7 : files on the EEA (European Economic Area) and on Association Councils between the European Union and third countries.
Fonds CM8 : files on the development of the European Union since the Treaty of Lisbon.