The European Union, also referred to as the EU or the European Community, is a socioeconomic and geopolitical alliance between various European states. To some degree, the EU allows for conducting of business affairs and movement of people between member states as if they were merely doing business or traveling between one part of the same country and another. The current EU is the effective result of a number of multilateral trade, customs, and other treaties between various European states between the end of the Second World War and the present time.
In 1957 six core states founded the European Economic Community the predecessor of the European Union (Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany. The remaining states have acceded in subsequent enlargements. On July 1st, 2013, Croatia became the newest member state of the EU. In order to accede, a state must fulfill the economic and political requirements which require a candidate to have a democratic, free market government, together with the corresponding freedoms and institutions, and respect for the rule of law.
Listed below are countries that are part of the European Union as of June of 2016, and the date which they joined. The United Kingdom joined the European Community in January of 1973, but voted by way of a June 23rd, 2016 nationwide referendum to leave the European Union.
How Many Countries Are in the EU?
With the departure of the United Kingdom, the geopolitical and economic entity currently has 27 remaining members. They include France, Spain, Sweden, and Denmark.
What Countries Are In The European Union (EU)?
|Rank||European Union Members||Date Joined|
|1||Austria||January of 1995|
|2||Belgium||Founder (1958 Treaty of Rome and 1993 Treaty of Maastricht)|
|3||Bulgaria||January of 2007|
|4||Croatia||July of 2013|
|5||Cyprus||May of 2004|
|6||Czech Republic||May of 2004|
|7||Denmark||January of 1973|
|8||Estonia||May of 2004|
|9||Finland||January of 1995|
|10||France||Founder (1958 Treaty of Rome and 1993 Treaty of Maastricht)|
|11||Germany||Founder (1958 Treaty of Rome, as West Germany)|
|12||Greece||January of 1981|
|13||Hungary||May of 2004|
|14||Ireland||January of 1973|
|15||Italy||Founder (1958 Treaty of Rome and 1993 Treaty of Maastricht)|
|16||Latvia||May of 2004|
|17||Lithuania||May of 2004|
|18||Luxembourg||Founder (1958 Treaty of Rome and 1993 Treaty of Maastricht)|
|19||Malta||May of 2004|
|20||Netherlands||Founder (1958 Treaty of Rome and 1993 Treaty of Maastricht)|
|21||Poland||May of 2004|
|22||Portugal||January of 1986|
|23||Romania||January of 2007|
|24||Slovakia||May of 2004|
|25||Slovenia||May of 2004|
|26||Spain||January of 1986|
|January of 1995|
January of 1973
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