Ireland takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The European Year of Education through Sport, EYES 2004, is launched in Garmisch-Patenkirchen, Germany.
The EU-Egypt interim trade agreement comes into force.
A Youth.Solid@rity.Day, organised by the European Parliament and the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) is attended by about 550 young people from all EU member states in Brussels, Belgium.
The annual report on the Lisbon Strategy is issued. It will serve as a basis for discussion at the Spring European Council, scheduled to take place on 26 March.
The European Community and the Solomon Islands sign a new bilateral fisheries agreement. It is applicable as from 1st January 2005, for an initial period of three years.
Peter Straub, president of the Baden-Württemberg Parliament, is elected president of the Committee of the Regions.
The European Community signs a landmark tourism accord with China in Beijing.
The seventh session of the ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly takes place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The European Union congratulates Mr. Raúl Rivero, the jailed Cuban journalist and poet, on being awarded by UNESCO on 24 February the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize for 2004.
An EU-Canada summit is held in Ottawa, Canada.
The inaugural session of the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly takes place in Athens, Greece.
President Prodi hosts the African Union Commission (AUC) in Brussels.
Fourth annual Spring European Council is held in Brussels, Belgium. It focused on the Lisbon Strategy and the economic, social and environmental situation in the Union.
Signing of the Commission's Road Safety Charter, with Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, Transport Minister Seamus Brennan and the Commission Vice-President Loyola de Palacio, Dublin Castle.
Declaration by President Prodi to the Commission on the 10th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda.
Hearings of Commissioners from 10 accession countries. Three weeks before the European Union acquires ten new Member States on 1 May, the European Parliament holds public hearings to assess the 10 Commissioners nominated by these countries.
EU high representative Javier Solana meets with Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar al-Qadhfi, in Brussels.
The European Commission publishes a Green Paper on public-private partnerships and community law on public contracts and concessions.
The Accession Treaty enters into force and the European Union's biggest enlargement ever becomes a reality with 10 new countries - Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, the Slovak Republic, and Slovenia - together representing more than 100 million citizens, joining the European Union.
The European Parliament proceeds to a formal vote of approval for the ten new Commissioners from the new member states during its last part-session of the current legislature. The Council of Ministers also formally appoints the ten new Commissioners.
A European Union - Latin America and the Caribbean summit is held in Guadalajara, Mexico.
A European Union Troika-Chile summit is held in Guadalajara, Mexico.
A summit between Mexico and the EU is held in Guadalajara, Mexico, on the occasion of the third LAC (Latin America and the Caribbean)-EU summit.
The Association Agreement between the European Union and the Arab Republic of Egypt enters into force.
The European Commission publishes a Green Paper on equality and non-discrimination in an enlarged European Union.
A European Council is held in Brussels, Belgium. The Council decided that Croatia is a candidate country for membership and that the accession process should be launched.
An EU-Japan summit is held in Tokyo, Japan.
An EU-US summit is held in Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare, Ireland.
The 2595th Council meeting of heads of state or government is held in Brussels, Belgium. José Manuel Durão Barroso is nominated president-designate of the Commission, Javier Solana is appointed secretary-general of the Council and high representative for CFSP and Pierre de Boissieu as deputy secretary-general. Heads of state or government also decided that Mr Solana would be appointed as EU minister for Foreign Affairs on the day of entry into force of the Constitution.
The Netherlands takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
An EU-Ukraine summit is held in The Hague, the Netherlands.
The new European Parliament elects Josep Borrell Fontelles as its president.
The opening plenary session of the sixth directly elected, and now newly enlarged European Parliament, begins under the chairmanship of its oldest member, Giovanni Berlinguer.
The European Parliament approves the appointment of José Manuel Barroso as the new president of the European Commission.
José Manuel Barroso, president-designate of the European Commission, presented the policy portfolios of the 24 nominee Commissioners.
The European Commission opens a new Liaison Office in Pristina, Kosovo.
First meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Council between the EU and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
European Day of Languages 2004 is celebrated today.
The European Parliament's specialised committees conduct a series of hearings with the 24 Commissioners-designate in preparation of Parliament's vote of approval on the new College of Commissioners as a whole.
The EU and Tajikistan sign a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement in Luxembourg.
A Republic of Korea-EU summit is held in Hanoi, Vietnam.
President-designate Barroso withdraws his proposal for the new European Commission. It is hoped that a new proposal will be submitted before Parliament in the coming weeks for their approval.
The heads of state and government and the EU Foreign ministers sign the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe.
A European Council is held in Brussels, Belgium. It focuses on three issues: the preparation of the mid-term review of the Lisbon Strategy; an area of Freedom, Security and Justice, the ‘Hague Programme’; and communicating Europe.
An EU-India summit is held in The Hague, the Netherlands.
The European Parliament approves the new Barroso Commission, the result is 449 votes in favour to 149 votes against with 82 abstentions.
The 8th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly is held in The Hague. The humanitarian tragedy in Darfur, the situation in Côte d'Ivoire and political dialogue between the ACP and the EU are the main topics debated.
A South Africa – EU Joint Cooperation Council Meeting is held in Brussels.
A EU-Russia summit is held in The Hague, the Netherlands.
European Day of People with Disabilities 2004 is held today.
The seventh EU-China summit is held in The Hague, The Netherlands.
The Sakharov Prize is awarded to the Belarusian association of journalists during a formal sitting of the European Parliament at its plenary session in Strasbourg.
A European Council meeting is held in Brussels, Belgium.