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Five years of an enlarged EU

On 1 May 2004, the European Union welcomed 10 more Member States: Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia. This was the fifth time that the EU accepted new members, bringing the total from 15 to 25 Member States. On 1 January 2007, this latest round of enlargement came to its conclusion with the accession of two more countries, Bulgaria and Romania.

This website will provide you analysis and information on what the impact of enlargement has been on the EU and its citizens. It will also keep you up-to-date with topical news and events related to the fifth anniversary of the 2004 enlargement.


News_iconAudiovisual - 10/06/09Brussels

New video from European Economic and Social Committee

European Economic and Social Committee has produced a video to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the Fall of the Iron Curtain and the fifth anniversary of the EU's 2004 enlargement. The video, entitled "A key partner in enlargement: the European Economic and Social Committee celebrates a united Europe" can be seen in its entirety here

News_iconEESC - 10-11/06/09Brussels

Reunification of Europe commemorated at the European Economic and Social Committee

A commemorative debate pdf - 119 KB [119 KB] held at the European Economic and Social Committee's 454th plenary session emphasised the important role played by civil society in bringing down the iron curtain and in the latest waves of EU enlargement. "The reunification of Europe, marked by events in 1989 and 2004, was not just a milestone for the EU itself, but also for the progression of peace throughout the world", said EESC Vice-President Irini Pari. Commissioner Olli Rehn stressed in his speech the vital role of civil society in creating history, "of which the events of 1989 and 2004 are fine examples".

News_iconOpinion poll - 07/05/09Brussels

Flash Eurobarometer survey provides new insights on citizens' views about EU enlargement

27.000 citizens of the enlarged EU were interviewed from 26 January to 1 February 2009, ahead of the May celebrations of the fifth anniversary of the EU's 2004 enlargement. The respondents gave their views on the effect of integration into the EU of altogether ten Central and Eastern European countries, Cyprus and Malta. They also spelled out which factors they would want policy makers to consider when deciding on further enlargements. Read more

News_iconConference - 01/05/09Prague - Czech Republic

International conference "From the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 to the Enlargement of the European Union in 2004" in Prague on 1 May 2009

Commissioners Jan Figel’ and Olli Rehn will speak at the conference "From the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 to the Enlargement of the European Union in 2004 – the Role of Civil Society and the Idea of Europe in Democratic Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe“. The conference is convened by the European Commission's Directorates General for Education and Culture and for Enlargement, together with the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Read  More

News_iconArticles - 30/04/09 

Europe United – a Balance Sheet Five Years After

In an article five years after the Eastern enlargement that reunited Europe, Commissioner Rehn argues the benefits of this historic process. In his view the goal of EU membership served as the anchor of stability and democracy during the politically sensitive years of transformation in Central and Eastern Europe. Enlargement has increased Europe's joint weight in the world, both in international trade negotiations and in tackling global challenges such as climate change and development. In economic terms, this enlargement has brought benefits to people both in old and new member states. Trade figures and job creation provide very convincing evidence of this. Read More Deutsch (de) français (fr)

News_iconPublication - 28/04/09 

The booklet "Good to know about Enlargement" is now available online

The year 2009 marks a historic double anniversary. 20 years ago, the Berlin Wall come down. In May, we will mark the 5th anniversary of the enlargement of the European Union that successfully reunified Eastern and Western Europe. While most EU citizens support the overarching goals of enlargement, some remain sceptical about its benefits.The booklet "Good to know about Enlargement" responds to the most common concerns and presents a factual balance sheet of EU enlargement.
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