European Union celebrates its official 30th birthday

European Union celebrates its official 30th birthday

February 7, 2022

Today, the European Union celebrates its official 30th birthday!

On 7 February 1992, the Treaty on European Union was signed by 12 countries in the Dutch city of Maastricht.

The Maastricht Treaty marked the formal creation of the European Union and laid the foundation of the EU as we know it today by establishing: European citizenship, common foreign and security policy, and cooperation in the field of justice and home affairs.

European Union celebrates its official 30th birthday
Jacques Poos and Jean-Claude Juncker, seated in front from left to right, signing the treaty on behalf of Luxembourg © European Communities, 1992 / Source: EC – Audiovisual Service / Photo: Christian Lambiotte

The treaty also paved the way for the creation of the euro, which celebrates its own 20th anniversary this year.

Today, more than 440 million citizens from 27 EU countries enjoy the benefits of European cooperation.

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