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The Library - Acquisitions Dept

European University Institute, Italy

The European University Institute (EUI) is an international postgraduate teaching and research institute established in 1972 by the six founding Member States of the European Communities to promote cultural and scientific development in the social sciences, law and humanities, in a European perspective. Today, twenty of the twenty-seven Member States of the European Union have signed the EUI Convention, and negotiations are in progress for the accession of the remaining seven Member States.

The Convention stipulates that only Member States of the EU can apply for formal membership of the EUI. Other European countries, and countries acceding to the EU, can sign Association Agreements and Pre-accession Agreements respectively. So far the EUI has signed pre-accession agreements with Hungary and Turkey, as well as Association Agreements with Switzerland and Norway. The EUI has close contacts with the Commission of the European Union. Part of EUI funding comes from the EU, although responsibility for governing the Institute lies with its Member States.

The main governing body of the Institute is the High Council, composed of representatives of the Member States. The High Council also appoints the President of the EUI, as well as the Secretary General. The President directs the Institute and chairs the Academic Council, the body of professors in charge of the management of the teaching and research activity.

The Institute brings together a community of 1,000 people and is one of the largest doctoral and post-doctoral programmes in the social sciences in the world. Researchers are admitted after a rigorous selection and follow their doctoral programme in the Institute’s four departments (Economics, History and Civilisation, Law, Political and Social Sciences). From the 1980s a few fellowships were set up for post-doctoral researchers. In the early 1990s, an interdisciplinary research centre, the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, was created to conduct policy-oriented research with an interdisciplinary and European approach.

In 2006 the Max Weber Programme was launched in cooperation with the European Commission, to further strengthen the post-doctoral dimension of the EUI. After signing the Deposit Agreement in 1984, the EUI manages, on behalf of the EU Institutions, the Historical Archives of the European Union, whose mission is to collect, preserve and make available to the public the documents older than 30 years stemming from the EU. The EUI is accommodated in a dozen historical buildings on the Fiesole hillside on the edge of Florence.

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