DH Danuta Hübner

Documents from [1999] to [2016]

Identity Statement

Reference Code
Extent and Medium

163 files, 6 meters

Reference Archivists

Ruth, Meyer


Administrative and Biographical History

The archival treatment consisted in physical preparation for permanent detention, in drawing up a classification based on offices held by Danuta Hübner and on thematic sectors structuring the actual existing files composing the fonds. In some cases, documents have been re-arranged so to create files open for immediate consultation. Besides these cases, the original structure and arrangement of the files has been respected. The descriptions are on file level and respect the international normative standards in archival description.

Content and Structure


The fonds has been deposited in November 2018 at the Historical Archives of the European Union by Danuta Hübner. It is composed of paper files collected and produced between 2003 and 2016 during her political mandates related to the European Union: as Minister for European Affairs in the Government of Poland during the accession negotiations (2003), as European Commissioner responsible for regional policy of the Barroso I Commission (from 2004 to 2009) and as member of the European Parliament for the European People's Party group (from 2009 to 2016).

The fonds consists in three major groups of papers:

The first group is mostly composed of briefing, background and information files prepared for Danuta Hübner (DH) in the context of her EU institutional functions between 2004 and 2014. These files typically include official documents and internal notes produced by the European Commission and its services, the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament, academic expert studies and handwritten notes by DH. The documents relate to the regional and cohesion policy by Danuta Hübner and various policy areas of the European Commission between 2004 and 2009 such as European Union finances, enlargement and neighbourhood policy. A smaller group of files pertains to the period of her coming into office as European Commissioner and deals with the organisation and workflow issues of the cabinet.
This group of files is open for consultation according to the 30-year rule governing access to European Union’s institutional archival material.

The second group of papers consists in a rich collection of speeches and statements given by DH (2003 – 2009) and by other Commissioners of the Barroso I European Commission (altogether 21 files, 2004 – 2009) and in a set of files documenting her activities as European Commissioner as reflected in the European press ("Press coverage" files) (17 files, 2005 - 2009).
The files of this group are generally open for immediate consultation.

A smaller additional set of files were created in the context of DH’s membership in various high level political and economic working groups such as the Commission on Growth and Development (3 files, 2006 – 2007), the Action Committee for European Democracy (3 files. 2006 – 2007), the Group of Eminent Persons of the Council of Europe (2 files, 2010 – 2011) and the Spinelli Group (1 file, 2012 – 2016).
Containing archival material produced by the European institutions, these files are open according to the 30-year rule.

The fonds includes also material constituted in preparation of the lectures on European regional policy delivered by DH at the European College in Parma (2 files, 2009 – 2011); they are open for consultation.

The predominant languages in the first group of files are English and Polish, the texts of the speeches are, with some exceptions for Polish, French and Spanish, in English, whilst the "Press coverage" files contain documents in numerous European languages according to the origin of the press clippings.

On 27 of November 2019 a second transfer consisting of 14 boxes of archival material has been added to the deposit. The descriptions of these files will be online as soon as possible.

Florence, Ruth Ingeborg Meyer, November 2018

Conditions of Access and Use

Access Conditions

No special classified documents (secret, confidential ...) are included in the fonds. The files containing archival documents produced by the European institutions are open 30 years after the date of their creation. The exact date of disclosure of each file is stated next to the file description.


Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish


Paper file

Physical Characteristics

Good condition.

Allied Materials


Legal Status Notes

Contract of deposit signed between Danuta Hübner and the Historical Archives of the European Union on 17/11/2017.

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