The FPS Foreign Affairs transfers archives of significant historical value to the Belgian State Archives

The FPS Foreign Affairs transfers archives of significant historical value to the Belgian State Archives

The Federal Public Service (FPS) Foreign Affairs has officially transferred a new part of its archives to the Belgian State Archives. Dirk Achten, Secretary-General of the FPS Foreign Affairs and Karel Velle, Director-General of the Belgian State Archives, formalized the transfer this afternoon. The Memorandum of Understanding that has been signed today is an extension of the memorandum signed in December 2014, which had already allowed the transfer of an important part of the Colonial or African archives of the FPS Foreign Affairs to the Belgian State Archives.

Today's signature will allow the transfer, whose implications will be spread over a decade, of the African Archives, the Development Cooperation Archives and the Diplomatic Archives, for a total of nearly 20 kilometers of archival documents. The collections have a high historical value. The African Archives begin with the recognition of the Independent State of Congo (1885), the Development Cooperation in the aftermath of decolonization and the Diplomatic Archives from the early hours of the Belgian State in 1830.

The FPS Foreign Affairs and the Belgian State Archives show their willingness to enhance their cooperation, which has been strengthened since 2014. The extension signed today will give archaeologists and archivists better access to archival documents over 30 years old having no more administrative utilities. Both institutions want this agreement to be a source of inspiration for other federal public services or parastatal organizations.