This workshop took place on 30 November 2016 in Sala del Camino, Villa Salviati, EUI and it was jointly organised by the PanEur1970s project, the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU) and the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre.
26 April 2016 marked the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, one of the most serious accidents in the history of the nuclear industry. On 1 January 2016 many EEC documents have been declassified according to the 30-year rule and made available for consultations at the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU) in Florence. The 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy thus coincides with the first opportunity for historians to explore primary sources on the subject. The ERC-funded project PanEur1970s, the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre on the History of European integration, and the HAEU intended to seize this opportunity in order to re-assess the Chernobyl event within the context of EEC-Socialist countries relations.
Following a proposal by the PanEur1970s team, they agreed to host and co-sponsor a workshop, to discuss some preliminary historical research on the subject while at the same time drawing scholars’ attention to archival material newly available at the HAEU.