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2007

January

1

The accession of Romania and Bulgaria raises the number of Member States to 27 and the population within the Union to 492.8 million inhabitants. The Council of the European Union appoints Ms Meglena Kuneva (Bulgaria) and Mr Leonard Orban (Romania) as members of the European Commission for the period from 1 January 2007 to 31 October 2009.
The EU now has 23 official languages, following the addition of Bulgarian, Romanian and Irish.
Slovenia adopts the euro.
Germany takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

16

The European Parliament elects Hans-Gert Poettering as its new president.

February

7

Commissioner Dimas presents European Mobility Week awards to the cities of Léon, Budapest and Bologna.
Today marks the 15th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty on European Union, commonly known as the Maastricht Treaty, which was signed on 7 February 1992 by the then 12 members of the EU.

13

The ninth EU-Kazakhstan Joint Cooperation Council meeting is held in Brussels.

March

6

Third meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Council between the EU and Croatia takes place in Brussels.

8-9

A European Council is held in Brussels, Belgium.

11

3rd European Day for the Victims of Terrorism marks the third anniversary of the terrorist attack of 11 March 2004 in Madrid in which 192 people died. This day also serves to commemorate the London bombings of 7 July 2005.

24-25

Informal meeting of the heads of state and government on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the signature of the Treaties of Rome takes place in Berlin.

April

3

The European Community becomes the first organisation to accede to the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

17

The Directorate General of Agriculture and Rural Development organises a day of dialogue in Brussels to mark the First European Young Farmers' Day.

19

Council appoints Mr Torben Brylle as the new EU Special Representative for Sudan as from 1 May 2007.

30

An EU-US summit is held in Washington DC, at which the 'Open Skies' agreement on transatlantic air transport is signed, participants also agree to develop closer economic relations during the next few years.

May

8

17th GCC - EU Joint Council and Ministerial Meeting is held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

15

8th EU - Africa Ministerial Troika Meeting is held in Brussels.

18

18th EU-Russia summit is held in Samara, Russia.

24

The Council extends the mandate of the EU Border Assistance Mission for the Rafah crossing point between Gaza and Egypt (EUBAM Rafah) for another year.

June

4

An EU-Canada summit is held in Berlin, Germany.

5

The 16th EU-Japan summit is held in Berlin, Germany.

18

11th EU-Ukraine and the 9th EU-Moldova Cooperation Council meetings are held in Luxembourg.

21

4th ministerial-level meeting of the energy dialogue between the European Union (EU) and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is held in Vienna, Austria.

21-22

A European Council is held in Brussels, Belgium.

23-28

13th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly takes place in Wiesbaden, Germany.

July

1

Portugal takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

4

First EU-Brazil summit is held in Lisbon, Portugal.

10

The Ecofin Council approves the adoption by Cyprus and Malta of the euro as from 1 January 2008.

23

Member state representatives meet in Brussels for the formal opening of an intergovernmental conference (IGC) on a draft reform £Treaty to amend the EU Treaties.

24

Fourth meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Council between the EU and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia takes place in Brussels.

August

1

Bulgaria and Romania become full members of Europol.

25

The death is announced of Raymond Barre, former Prime Minister of France from 1976 to 1981, and Vice President of the European Commission from 1967 to 1973.

26

The death is announced of Gaston Thorn, former Member of the European Parliament from 1959 to 1969, Prime Minister of Luxembourg from 1974 to 1979, President of the United Nations General Assembly from 1975 to 1976, and President of the European Commission from 1981 to 1985.

September

14

The 11th EU-Ukraine summit is held in Kiev.

17

The Court of First Instance upholds a 2004 ruling in the long running anti-trust case against US software giant Microsoft, brought by the European Commission.

19

Mr Gilles de Kerchove is appointed the new EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator.
The United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and the European Police Office (Europol) sign a liaison agreement.

25

The Green Paper on urban mobility "Towards a new culture for urban mobility" is adopted.

October

10

The Second Ministerial Troika within the framework of the South Africa-EU Strategic Partnership is held in Tshwane, South Africa.

11

12th ECOWAS-EU Ministerial Troika Meeting takes place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

15

An EU-Montenegro stabilisation and association agreement (SAA) and interim agreement is signed in Luxembourg.

16

The eighth EU-Armenia, EU-Azerbaijan, and EU-Georgia Cooperation Council meetings are held in Luxembourg.

18-19

A key summit on the Reform Treaty takes place in Lisbon, at which a precise text is agreed for the new 'Lisbon Treaty' which will be formally signed by all European leaders in Lisbon on 13 December 2007.

26

20th EU-Russia summit takes place in Mafra, Portugal.

November

1

Brigadier-General Jürgen Scholz succeeds Brigadier-General Friedrich Eichele as the new head of the EU Police Mission in Afghanistan.

5-6

Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership meet in Lisbon.

6

Piero Fassino is appointmented as EU Special Envoy for Burma/Myanmar.

30

The eighth EU-India summit is held in New Delhi, India.

December

12

Hans-Gert Poettering - European Parliament President, Jose Manuel Barroso - commission President, and Jose Socrates - Portuguese Prime Minister and President-in-office of the EU Council, sign the Charter of Fundamental Rights in a formal ceremony at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

13

The Treaty of Lisbon is signed at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, in Lisbon. European Parliament adopts its second reading of the 2008 EU budget, it is officially signed at the Parliament in Brussels on 18 December.

14

A European Council is held in Brussels, Belgium.

18-20

The first ordinary plenary session is held, of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EUROLAT), which brings together MEPs and parliamentarians from Latin America.

21

The Schengen area is enlarged to include Estonia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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