Message by José Manuel Barroso on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the 2004 enlargement
During his visit to Washington on 30 April 2014, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, delivered a message on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the 2004 enlargement.
On 1 May 2004, the EU enlarged from 15 to 25 Member States (and with two subsequent enlargements to 28). It brought stability and reunited Europe after years of artificial division during the cold war; it made the EU the world's biggest single market and increased trade between Member States, thus contributing to economic growth and strengthening further Europe's weight in global affairs. SHOTLIST