To celebrate 40 Years of direct elections to the European Parliament, the Former Members Association (FMA) has put in place a series of initiatives that will conclude with its Annual events on 10-11 December 2019 in Brussels. Over the past year, two high-level conferences have been organised by the FMA with the European University Institute (EUI) and the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) the first one on 22-23 November 2018 in the Badia Fiesolana, in Florence, and the other on 3 April 2019 in the European Parliament, in Brussels, both with distinguished speakers and representatives of the FMA.
On 29 November, the FMA were invited to attend a Conference on the History of the European Parliament: research projects, sources and historical memory 1979-2019, which I had the honour of opening, together with Emanuelle Ortoli, President of the Friends of Historical Archives of the EU, and Dieter Schlenker, Director of the Historical Archives of the EU.
You can watch the discussion on the FMA Facebook page
The Conference took place at the House of the European History in Brussels. This event was intended to mark the 40th anniversary of the election of the European Parliament by universal suffrage and presented an inventory of the written and oral, historical and commemorative sources relating to the history of the European Parliament which has taken on a greater role, both legislative and of budget, with the powers constantly increased by its first mandate.
The participation of authoritative members of our association such as President Enrique Barón Crespo and Alain Lamassoure, gave an important contribution to the celebrations of the fortieth anniversary with lively discussions. Among the various presentations, the project Collecting Memories of MEPs (from 1979 to 2019) was presented. The HAEU, launching this project, with the support of the FMA had the merit to have given a structure and a unique place where researchers can find, even in future, the lively witnesses of MEPs who have participated and contributed to the life and evolution of the Institution.