The political and economic integration of the twelve countries which constitute the European Community will mandate the harmonization of archival practice within the community. The national archivists of the twelve countries are preparing archival policy to be discussed by the European Council of Ministers. High on this agenda will be the harmonization of legislation and practice concerning access. Harmonization is also sought in appraisal policies, in standards for buildings and equipment, in the adaptation of new technologies, in copyright protection, and in procedures for the lending of documents. Such harmonization among national archives would hopefully match efforts to establish a coherent archival policy for the records of European Community institutions. The author does not advocate a total archival integration but does favor a structure which would allow for the free communication between archival systems and which would foster equal access and care for European archives.

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