Sweden takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Greece becomes the 12th member of the euro zone.
The European Commission adopts a Green Paper on Integrated Product Policy (IPP).
The European Commission adopts a White Paper on a future strategy for chemicals.
Following the December 2000 European Council meeting held in Nice, France, a new Treaty amending the Treaty on European Union and the Treaties establishing the European Communities is signed (Treaty of Nice).
The Commission adopts a Green Paper on the common fisheries policy after 2002.
A European Council is held in Stockholm, Sweden. It lays down guidelines in order to achieve sustained growth, stable macro-economic conditions and employment-rate targets.
An EU-Russia summit is held in Moscow.
A referendum is held in Ireland, the people vote against the Treaty of Nice.
An EU-US summit is held in Gothenburg, Sweden.
A European Council meeting is held in Gothenburg, Sweden. A strategy for sustainable development is approved, broad economic policy guidelines are endorsed and the key principles for securing the long-term sustainability of pension systems are approved.
An EU-Canada summit is held in Stockholm, Sweden.
The EU and Egypt sign an Association Agreement.
Belgium takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The Commission adopts a Green Paper on the promotion of a European framework for corporate social responsibility.
A G7/G8 Summit is held in Genoa, Italy. The participants discuss the following questions: health, international trade, the fight against poverty, development, public debt, environment, food safety, the Balkans and the Middle East.
The Commission adopts a White Paper on European governance.
A European Union-China summit is held in Brussels, Belgium.
The Commission adopts a White Paper on the European transport policy.
A special European Council is held in Brussels, Belgium, to assess the international situation in the wake of the terrorist attacks on 11 September in New York and Washington, USA, and to set the guidelines for the response of the EU.
The Commission adopts a Green Paper on compensation to crime victims.
The Commission adopts a Green Paper on consumer protection in the European Union.
An EU-Russia summit is held in Brussels, Belgium.
Informal meeting of heads of state or government in Ghent, Belgium. Full support is given to the action taken against terrorism within the framework defined by the United Nations and total solidarity with the United States is reaffirmed.
A stabilisation and cooperation agreement between the European Union and Croatia is signed.
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial conference is held in Doha, Qatar.
The Commission adopts a White Paper on Youth.
An EU-India summit is held in New Delhi.
The EU signs a co-operation agreement with Pakistan.
The European Commission adopts its work programme for 2002.
An EU-Japan summit is held in Brussels, Belgium.
The European Commission adopts a Green Paper on the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor for the criminal-law protection of the Community's financial interests. The European Commission adopts a Green Paper on the Review of Council Regulation 4064/89.
The European Commission adopts the research and technological development activities of the EU 2001 annual report.
The euro-zone countries begin making the euro-kits available. It is now possible for citizens to purchase euro coins in advance of the changeover.
A European Council is held in Laeken, Belgium. It adopts a declaration on the future of the Union paving the way for major reform. It also decides to strengthen Europe's role in the world, particularly in the fight against terrorism, and to conclude negotiations with the candidate countries ready for accession by the end of 2002.
An EU-Canada summit is held in Ottawa.