20 years of EU Membership

1 minute read / May 2, 2024

Twenty years ago, our European family grew bigger. On 01 May 2004, the citizens of Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia became citizens of the EU. Overnight, our Union became a greater political, economic and cultural entity, stretching from Tallinn to Lisbon, from Valletta to Stockholm, from Dublin to Nicosia. Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia’s accession a few years later has made our Union even stronger.

The pace of change across the European Union over the past two decades has been remarkable. 450 million Europeans have enjoyed freedom of movement across a larger Union. Citizens have stronger rights and freedoms. Democracy and the rule of law have been reinforced, despite being tested at times. Opportunities for both people and business have grown.

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