Proposed to the European Commission in 2005 by six Heads of State and Government of the European Union, including the President of the French Republic, the European Digital Library project was materialised in November 2008 with the launch of the Europeanportal (www.europeana.eu). Run by the foundation of the same name, with its headquarters in The Hague (Netherlands), this portal aims to give access to the cultural heritage of Europe and now offers more than 20 million documents (books, newspapers, audio-visual documents, objects, etc.) from 1500 institutions from 33 EU countries.

Through the resources of the digital library Gallica de la
National Library of France, National Audiovisual Institute and
the Collections portal of the Ministry of Culture and Communication,
France is one of the two most important contributors to Europeana
with approximately 3 million documents scanned today
available online.

The election of Bruno Racine as head of Europeana consecrates the qualities
and the commitment of the President of the National Library
of France; it also marks a recognition of the pioneering role
from the beginning of this project and the exceptional
human, technical and budgetary efforts in favour of digitalisation and
digital broadcasting, continuously implemented by the State
since 2007.