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Take a trip back in time with the EU timeline

EU Timeline
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Take a trip back in time and discover important moments in history, inventions, major events in sport and society and more, many of which made the EU what it is today.

But let’s start with the beginning of the creation of the European Union.

This year, on 9 May 2020, the European Union celebrated its 70th birthday, for it was on 9 May 1950 that Robert Schuman made the momentous declaration that would mark the beginning of the creation of the European Union as we know it today.

This year, we celebrate 75 years of peace since the end of World War II as well as the 25th anniversary of the accession of three countries. Do you know which ones? Find out from the EU timeline.

There are two different ways to browse the EU timeline.

Either you can browse by time period and year:

  • 1900 - 1945
  • 1946 - 1959
  • 1960 - 2007
  • 2008 - now

Or you can browse by category:

  • Communication technology
  • Discoveries and inventions
  • Environment
  • History of the European Union
  • Politics and global events
  • Sport and society

Visit the EU timeline to discover hundreds of events from the last 120 years.