AGE Agence Europe: Bulletin quotidien/Daily BulletinDocuments from 12 March 1953 to 31 December 1999
Agence Europe is a European press agency founded by Lodovico Riccardi, former president of the press agency ANSA, who established in 1952 a new specialised press agency to specifically collect, publish and distribute news and in-depth analysis of the nascent European Economic Communities. Located first in Luxembourg (where the first European Community, the ECSC, had just been established) and later in Brussels, Agence Europe has provided extensive and documented accounts of European Union institutional activities and policies. High profile journalists such as Emanuele Gazzo, Ferdinando Riccardi, Marina Gazzo and others have made Agence Europe an authoritative source of information for the study of the European Union integration process set in motion by the Treaty of Paris (1951).
Emanuele Gazzo, (1908-1994) was the first director of Agence Europe. This Italian journalist from Genoa was an expert in economic and maritime affairs and an advocate of European federalism. Under his direction, Agence Europe gained prestige and authority in European affairs as the press agency could count on a precious network of relations with functionaries and politicians directly involved in the European project. Marina Gazzo took her father's position at Agence Europe until 2006 along with Ferdinando Riccardi and later his son Lorenzo Riccardi, who is the current director.
The French volumes of the Bulletin Quotidien have been transferred from the Agence Europe headquarter in Brussels to the European University Institute in Florence to be digitised. After digitisation they will be returned to Agence Europe.
The English volumes of Europe Daily Bulletin are part of the EUI Library collection.
Content and Structure
Europe Bulletin quotidien/Europe Daily Bulletin is Agence Europe's daily newsletter covering since 1953 all aspects of European integration with detailed daily news articles and insights into European politics and policies. Each Bulletin is about 20 pages long and is divided in topical sections.
Europe Bulletin quotidien was originally published only in French. Publications in two languages (French and English) only appeared in 1976.
Several separately numbered supplements have been published over the years, including:
- Economic interpenetration in Europe and the rest of the world: issued daily, covering international business, finance and economic transactions. An annual index with a list of names/acronyms of all firms covered in this supplement was also published (1978-1996).
- Atlantic News/Nouvelle Atlantiques: a biweekly bulletin started in November 1967 covering political, military, technological and industrial aspects of defence. Later continued by Europe Diplomacy & Defence for matters relating to Common security and defence policy (CSDP) and Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO).
- European Library: weekly insert on relevant publications on European matters.
- Europe Weekly Selected Statistic.
- Europe Brief Notes.
- Europe Documents, issued irregularly: a selection of relevant documents produced by the European institutions.
- European Special Elections: special issues assembling information and observations concerning the electoral campaigns for the European Parliament elections of 1979, 1983-1984.
Agence Europe also published an annual comprehensive index, called "Eurosynt". (1976-1997) listing all topics covered in Europe Daily Bulletin. This is a very useful reference tool: a keyword search through the index will bring up all issues of the Daily Bulletin in which a specific topic has been treated.
Each Europe Daily Bulletin features a running number issued by Agence Europe.
The English version of the Daily Bulletins (1979-1999) that are part of the European University Institute Library are bound in volumes and are arranged per publication year. On average there are 6 bound volumes per calendar year (two months per volume). Some supplements, namely Economic interpenetration in Europe and the rest of the world, Atlantic News, and European Library are bound with respective issues/years of Europe Daily Bulletin. Other supplements, such as European Special Elections; Europe Documents, and Europe Weekly Selected Statistics, are bound separately.
Conditions of Access and Use
Digitised volumes are available for research or private study as a text readable pdf to registered/authorised users. Download of digital content is restricted. Print volumes have been digitised with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) allowing for text to be easily searched, copied, edited, and/or used for computational text analysis methods.
The digitisation of Europe Daily Bulletin/Bulletin quotidien carried out by the Library of the European University Institute (EUI) covers overall the years 1953-1999:
- The English version of Europe Daily Bulletin covers the years 1979-1999;
- The French version, Bulletin CECA continued by Europe Bulletin quotidien, covers the years 1953-1999 (in process of being digitised).
For the years 2000 on, the EUI subscribes to the Agence Europe database current Daily Bulletins. This is a subscription database and is accessible to EUI authorised users only.
The Copyright of this resource belongs to Agence Europe©. The EUI Library makes this resource available in digitised form for research or private study purposes according to Directive 2001/29/EC and according to provisions on the use and reproduction of digitised material covered by copyright laid down by the Italian Law of 22 aprile 1941, n. 633 Protezione del diritto d'autore e di altri diritti connessi al suo esercizio and successive modifications.
The print issues of Europe Bulletin quotidien (French version printed on light blue paper) and Europe Daily Bulletin (English version printed on pink paper) were orginally printed on loose leaves and later bound in volumes for preservation purposes.
Inner margins on facing pages (i.e. the space around the edge of a page) of the print bound volumes are, in some cases, very tight. Thus, the first and last words on mirroring pages of the digitised version during the scanning process may have been either cut off and/or are only partially readable.
The EUI and Agence Europe have undersigned an Agreement on 12/07/2018 that allowed the EUI Library to digitise:
- the Bulletin CECA, in French, continued by Europe Bulletin quotidien, from 1953 to 1999.
- the Daily Bulletin, in English, from 1979 to 1999 and Supplements in English: Election Special; Eurosynt; Economic Interpenetration in Europe and the Rest of the World; Brief Notes; Atlantic News.