Today in European Union History
Events 1 - 24 of 24
1948-04-16 - Organization for European Economic Cooperation (EEC) forms in Paris
1994-11-13 - Sweden agrees to join European Union
1994-11-28 - Norway votes against joining European Union
1995-01-01 - Austria, Finland & Sweden act to join European Union
1995-10-27 - Latvia applies for membership in the European Union.
1996-01-17 - The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union.
1996-02-24 - The last occurrence of February 24 as a leap day in the European Union and for the Roman Catholic Church.
1996-03-25 - The European Union's Veterinarian Committee bans the export of British beef and its by-products as a result of mad cow disease (BSE).
1998-05-02 - The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy.
1999-04-07 - The World Trade Organisation rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas.
2002-01-01 - Euro banknotes and coins become legal tender in twelve of the European Union's member states.
2002-12-13 - Enlargement of the European Union: The European Union announces that Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia will become members from May 1, 2004.
2003-04-16 - The Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens admitting 10 new member states to the European Union.
2003-09-14 - Estonia approves joining the European Union in a referendum.
2003-09-20 - A referendum is held in Latvia to decide the country's accession to the European Union.
2004-05-01 - Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.
2005-02-20 - Spain becomes the first country to vote in a referendum on ratification of the proposed Constitution of the European Union, passing it by a substantial margin, but on a low turnout.
2005-04-25 - Bulgaria and Romania sign accession treaties to join the European Union.
2007-01-01 - Bulgaria and Romania officially join the European Union. Also, Bulgarian, Romanian, and Irish become official languages of the European Union, joining 20 other official languages.
2007-12-21 - The Schengen Agreement area increases to include 9 European Union member states; Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia on land and sea borders.
2008-06-12 - Ireland rejects the Lisbon Treaty in a referendum, thus putting into question the reform programme of the European Union.
2012-01-23 - European Union agrees to embargo Iranian oil in protest against Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program
2012-03-02 - New fiscal compact to prevent excessive debt is signed by 25 out of 27 European Union members
2012-10-12 - The European Union wins the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, sparking a series of critical commentary
Birthdays 1 - 1 of 1
1942-07-14 - Javier Solana, Spanish European Union foreign policy chief