History of the EU

Main

European Steel and Coal Community unites 6 countries economically

1950

Founding countries are Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands

EEC Created

1957

Paris Student Riots

1968

Denmark, Ireland, UK join

1973

General Franco dies

1975

All citizens can elect members directly

1979

Greece, Spain, and Portugal Join

1981 - 1986

Single European Act

1986

This is a treaty which provides basis for a vast six-year programme aimed at sorting out the problems with the free-flow of trade across EU borders and thus creates the ‘Single Market’

Fall of Berlin Wall

09/11/1989

Maastricht Treaty

1993

Single Market completed

1993

Schengen Agreements

1995

Citizens within the EU are able to travel within borders without getting passport checks at borders

Amsterdam Treaty

1999

Euro introduced to 11 countries

1999

Global Financial crisis

2008