THE EUROPEAN UNION 50 Years of Peace, Prosperity and Partnership. Celebrating the European Union: A Half Century of Change and Progress. Since the creation of the EU half a century ago, Europe has enjoyed the longest period of peace in its history.
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50 Years of Peace, Prosperity and Partnership
United in diversity
Combined population of
EU Member States
Percent of world’s
Percent of combined
Council of the European Union
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso
European Court of Justice
European Parliament in session
The euro was introduced in 1999
European Coal and Steel Community
Jean Monnet and other leaders with
the first “European” ingot of steel
Signing of the Treaty of Rome
Fall of the
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Serbia including Kosovo under UN Security Council Resolution 1244
Population174 million493 million
Languages42350 Years of EU Integration
“Enlargement has been a success story for the European Union and Europe as a whole. It has helped to overcome the division of Europe and contributed to peace and stability throughout the continent.”
European Council DeclarationDec. 15, 2006
The EU is a global player.
Its soft power promotes stability, prosperity, democracy and human rights, delivers concrete results in the fight to eradicate poverty, and in achieving sustainable development.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, and EU Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner
Source: German Information Center USA
“The relationship between the United States and Europe is the world’s strongest, most comprehensive, and strategically important partnership. The United States, and a united Europe – this is really the indispensable partnership.”
President of theEuropean Commission
José Manuel Barroso
“Our strong friendship is essential to peace and
prosperity around the globe.
No temporary debate, to
among nations, no power
on earth, will ever divide us.”
President George W. Bush
EU Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner & U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Support free elections, good governance, human rights, and the rule of law around the world.
Cooperate to fight terrorism, limit the spread of nuclear weapons, and work for global peace.
Together, EU and U.S. provide 80% of global development assistance and an even larger share of global humanitarian aid in times of disaster and conflict.
BMW’s assembly plant is South Carolina’s
largest private sector employer.
“Since no single nation can efficiently and effectively deal with global challenges such as climate change, counterterrorism, non-proliferation, pandemics and natural disasters on its own, we commit ourselves to strengthening our cooperation to address these challenges.”
EU-U.S. Summit DeclarationVienna, July 2006
EU supports R&D to increase Europe’s growth and global competitiveness.