The CVCE’s integration into the University of Luxembourg follows the decision taken by the Government Council on 5 June 2015 to reorganise the country’s research landscape in the field of humanities, particularly by setting up an Institute for Contemporary History (known as the Institut d’histoire du temps présent), which will become an interdisciplinary centre within the University. The CVCE’s researchers will particularly contribute their expertise to the activities of the new centre, which will mainly focus on contemporary Luxembourg history, European integration and digital history.
Since the CVCE was set up, it has successfully risen to the challenge of developing an innovative approach to European integration studies. By combining digital technologies with research in social sciences and humanities, the CVCE has created the first digital research infrastructure on European integration (www.cvce.eu), which has gained a strong international following, with two million documents consulted each year. Its collections of thematic publications and its oral history programme — which includes nearly 100 interviews with eminent European figures — represent an innovative approach to European integration. A series of digital tools also give researchers the option of customising the published resources. Through its activities, the CVCE has developed an extensive network of partners and has regularly contributed to competitive projects. This is why the University will continue to guarantee the sustainability and accessibility of the research infrastructure.
A dedicated strategy has been introduced to facilitate the integration process. A temporary unit entitled Digital European Integration Studies (DEIS), established as a research infrastructure, has been set up at the University to ensure the continuity of the CVCE's research projects and the development of its infrastructure.