EU Timeline

Events

Winston Churchill

1945

The British Prime Minister called for the creation of a United States of Europe.

The Schuman Declaration

1950

Declared by French Foreign Minister, Robert Schuman and what he declared was that, because coal and steel were so vital for war, those industries in France and Germany should be linked together to make war

European Coal and Steel Comunity

1951

It put in place a common market of coal and steel among the six countries, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

Treaty of Rome

1957

The six countries decided to set up a European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM) and an European Economic Comunity (EEC)

UK

1963

In 1963- 1967 the UK tried to join in EEC but both times were blocked by France.

Abolished

1968

Customs duties between the six countries were abolished.

UK, Denmark and Ireland

1973

The UK were finally allowed to join in 1973, along with Denmark and Ireland.

First elections

1979

There were the first elections of European Parliament by direct universal suffrage.

Greece

1981

Greece join

Schengen Agreement

1985

Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany signed the Schengen Agreement in 1985, which began the process of removing border controls making the free movement of people that bit freer.

Spain and Portugal

1986

In 1986 Spain and Portugal joined.

Germany

1990

The freshly re-unified Germany join in 1990 once the wall had come
down.

Maastricht Treaty

1992

Signed by all the members of the European Community – creating
the European Union.

Financial crisis

2008

Treaty of Lisbon

2009

Human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law respect for uman rights: there are the core values of the EU that the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights brings all these rights together in a single document.

Nobel Peace Prize

2012

In EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for advancing the cause of peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.