June 23, 2007 - European Union leaders in Brussels agree on an outline of a treaty that would replace the EU constitution rejected by French and Dutch voters two years ago.
June 19, 2008 - European Union decides to lift diplomatic sanctions imposed on Cuba.
November 19, 2009 - Herman Van Rompuy, the Belgian Prime Minister, is Europe's first president under the Treaty of Lisbon. Catherine Ashton of the UK will be the first foreign minister.
December 1, 2009 - The Treaty of Lisbon comes into force, having been ratified by all European Union member states. It amends the Maastricht Treaty of 1992 and the Rome Treaty of 1957.
October 12, 2012 - Is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for contributing to the advancement of peace, democracy and human rights in Europe.
July 1, 2013 - Croatia joins the EU as its 28th member.
Presidencies of the Council of the European Union until 2020: Lithuania: July - December 2013 Greece: January - June 2014 Italy: July - December 2014 Latvia: January - June 2015 Luxemburg: July - December 2015 Netherlands: January - June 2016 Slovakia: July - December 2016 Malta: January - June 2017 United Kingdom: July - December 2017 Estonia: January - June 2018 Bulgaria: July - December 2018 Austria: January - June 2019 Romania: July - December 2019 Finland: January - June 2020
Current Members: (Founding members in bold) Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Ireland Italy Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Malta Netherlands Poland Portugal Romania Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden United Kingdom
Candidate Countries: Iceland Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Turkey
Applicant Countries: Albania Bosnia and Herzegovina Kosovo Montenegro Serbia