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The European Union European Union (EU), name given since the ratification (Nov., 1993) of the Treaty of European Union, or Maastricht Treaty, to the

European Community
 used the world's biggest book fair to launch the EU Bookshop's digital library, making more than 50 years of documents in about 50 languages available for free on the Internet.

Individuals, companies and isolated libraries from Australia to Zambia can download files dating back to 1952 when six countries created what is now the 27-member EU.

"With the digital library, we have total transparency" of EU legislative and cultural publications, Commissioner for Multilinguism Leonard Orban Leonard Orban (born June 28, 1961) is a Romanian independent technocrat who currently serves as the Commissioner for Multilingualism in the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union (EU).  told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol.  on Sunday.

The project also underpins "the commitment of the European Union to preserve and encourage the history of the union in its linguistic diversity," he added.

The library's oldest document is a speech by Jean Monnet Noun 1. Jean Monnet - French economist who advocated a Common Market in Europe (1888-1979)
Monnet
 to inaugurate in·au·gu·rate  
tr.v. in·au·gu·rat·ed, in·au·gu·rat·ing, in·au·gu·rates
1. To induct into office by a formal ceremony.

2.
 the High Authority of the Coal and Steel Community, the EU's precursor precursor /pre·cur·sor/ (pre´kur-ser) something that precedes. In biological processes, a substance from which another, usually more active or mature, substance is formed. In clinical medicine, a sign or symptom that heralds another. .

From four official languages at its start, the union now counts 23, but some publications are also available in Chinese, Russian and around 20 other languages.

Orban voiced hope that the digital library would be "an additional tool for combating prejudices."

On a practical level he added: "No one can complain now of problems consulting legislative texts and associated documents."

Roughly 110,000 publications or 12 million pages -- the equivalent of four kilometres (2.5 miles) of bookshelves -- were scanned from EU archives from February 2008 at a cost of about 2.5 million euros (3.75 million dollars).

The library counts around 140,000 publications today, and 1,500 "born digital" ones are added each year. More pre-digital documents will also be scanned into the system.

Topics covered by EU institutions, agencies and other bodies include education, the environment, health and transport, an EU statement released at the Frankfurt Book Fair said.

Official statistics from 1953 to the present are also available.

The library's contents will also be a part of Europeana, a project of prominent national European libraries and archives that Claudia Lux, president of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
 called the largest digital library worldwide.
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