Role of the CoR Archives Service

The CoR Archives Service is responsible for organising, protecting, managing, describing and preserving the Committee's documentary resources, and providing them to the public.

Once they are delivered to the Archives Service by the originating departments, the archives are repackaged, scanned and put on microfiche so as to ensure their physical preservation. A description of each file is made so that search tools (inventories) can be created.

Two collections of archives 

The archives are organised in the CoR Collection, made up of documents resulting from the Committee's specific activities, and the Presidents' Collection, made up of files supplied by the President's private office at the end of each presidential term (two years from 1994 to 2010, thereafter two and a half years).

The documents from the two collections are filed in accordance with specific filing plans and are the subject of separate inventories.

Access to the historical archives

In accordance with European law on public access to archives, the Committee Archives may be consulted freely 30 years after their creation; their consultation shall comply with the rules on the protection of personal data; any documents made accessible to the public before the 30-year period has expired are to remain accessible without restriction.

The consultation room is accessible to researchers by appointment and is subject to security requirements, including the production of an identity document. Copies of documents consulted may be obtained free of charge.


Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-12.30 p.m. and 2.30-5.00 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m.-12.30 p.m.

Closed: Easter (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Monday), 1 May, 9 May, Ascension (Thursday and Friday), Whit Monday, 21 July, 15 August, 1 & 2 November, and between Christmas and New Year's Day.


Contact us by e-mail.

Postal Address:

Committee of the Regions of the European Union
Archives service (office JDE 4253)
Rue Belliard/Belliardstraat 99
1040 Bruxelles/Brussel

Related Information

Related documents

Legal basis - European rules

Legal basis - CoR decisions

  • Decision 129/2003 of the Secretary-General on document management at the Committee of the Regions;
  • Decision No 405/2006 of the Secretary-General on the implementing provisions for Articles 2 and 4 of Decision No 129/2003 of the Secretary General on document management at the CoR: "Filing Committee of the Regions documents";
  • Decision No 214/2008 of the Secretary-General on the implementing provisions for Articles 5, 6, 7 and 8 of Decision No 129/2003 of the Secretary-General on document management at the CoR: "Creating and preserving official files of the Committee of the Regions"