History of the EU

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Founding of EU

1950

The six founders are Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Luxemburg, and the Netherlands.

Cold War between East and West

1950

Economic Growth

1960 - 1969

"The youth culture" in the sixties helped the economy grow with groups such as The Beatles performing for teenagers all over. The EU stopped charging customs charges when trading with eachother.

Denmark, Ireland, and UK join EU

January 1, 1973

Greece, Spain, and Portugal join EU

1981 - 1986

Single European Act Signed

1986

Single Market Completed

1993

4 Freedoms: movement of goods, services, people, and money

‘Maastricht’ Treaty

1993

Austria, Finland, and Sweden Join EU

1995

Treaty of Amsterdam

1999