The European Court of Auditors and the European University Institute (the Historical Archives of the European Union) have created a programme of grants for researchers engaged in research on European public finances, in particular their impact on various areas of European society and culture, and on the historical development of the "external control" function in the EU context. The intention is to award two grants. It should be stressed that the programme is open to any type of researcher (e.g. lawyers, economists, historians or public-finance specialists) interested in the EU’s public finances and the impact thereof.
These grants are intended to enable researchers with an interest in EU public finances to broaden their research by studying the Historical Archives of the European Union to which the Court has entrusted its own historical archives, and the archives of the Audit Board (1958-1977). Through the programme, the Court wishes to make it easier for researchers to access and consult the collections available at the Institute in Florence.