posted on May, 3 2004 @ 09:02 AM
Date: 1 May 2004
Policy Area: General Affairs and External Relations
Content Type: Press Releases
Today is a Day of Welcomes.
The day when we welcome ten new members into our European Union.
We welcome them with pride. We welcome them with hope.
We invite all the peoples of Europe to celebrate with us.
And we pause to reflect on what we, in the European Union, have created.
We must never forget that:
From war we have created peace.
From hatred we have created respect.
From division we have created union.
From dictatorship and oppression we have created vibrant and sturdy democracies.
From poverty we have created prosperity.
These precious achievements were not easily won. Europe suffered terribly from the evils of tyranny and war. For some, these afflictions persisted
into the last quarter of the Twentieth Century.
But destruction, division and pain inspired the search for a better way. That better way led to the creation of the European Union - the framework
for the peace and prosperity we enjoy today.
Our European Union is truly unique. It cannot be compared to anything that preceded it. Because never, ever, before has such an experiment been
All our nation states are strong democracies. We have come together freely. We act in cooperation and solidarity. We work together for common ends
through structures that are found no-where else.
Today's enlargement is the best testimony to the success that is the European Union.
We now pledge to build on all that we have achieved together.
We will construct closer partnerships, deeper union, enhanced democracy, greater equality and even greater prosperity and well-being.
This is the legacy we leave our children. And our children's children. This is a good and noble legacy.
Today, on the first of May 2004, we, the democratic representatives of the people of Europe celebrate Europeans - Working Together for continued
peace, for even greater harmony and for increased prosperity for all our people.
Dublin, 1 May 2004
I'm too lazy to copy the list of the 25 countries, but I'll post a map :
Notice that Romania, Bulgaria and Turky will enter (maybe) only in 2007 in the EU.
The 10 countrie entered May 1, 2001 are :
(From north to south) :
Estonia, Letonia, Lituania, Poland, Czech republic, Slovakia, Hungaria, Slovenia, Malta, and the independant half of Cyprus (Another half of Cyprus
is occupied by Turky).
[Edited on 3-5-2004 by Nans DESMICHELS]