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2000 Oct 25
Europe with support from Canada and Japan announced a $280 million support package for Colombian efforts to make peace with leftist rebels.
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2000 Nov 20
The EU began to build its own defense force, a 60,000 man, rapid reaction corps. EU defense chiefs pledged 100,000 soldiers, 400 planes and 100 ships for a rapid-reaction force.
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2000 Nov 25
In the Netherlands the last day of the Global Warming conference at the Hague produced only a declaration of intent to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A compromise between US and EU negotiators failed. An increase of 4.5 to 8 degrees Fahrenheit was predicted in the coming 100 years if greenhouse gas emissions were not reduced.
Links: USA, EU, Environment, Netherlands     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2000 Dec 1
The European Commission demanded reductions in fishing including 60% cuts of cod and hake catches due to overfishing.
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2000 Dec 4
European Union farm ministers approved a six-month ban on animal products in fodder, part of an extraordinary plan to stem growing panic over mad cow disease.
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2000 Dec 6
A European Union summit began in Nice to prepare for expansion to 27 or more members.
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2000 Dec 7
Some 4,000 protestors clashed with police at the opening of the EU summit in Nice.
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2000 Dec 11
The EU in Nice reached a compromise in the early hours on a treaty that gave the 4 most populous countries a stronger voice in decision making and paved the way for as many as 13 new members over the next decade.
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2000 Dec 22
The US, Japan, Europe and other industrial powers agreed to provide debt relief to 22 poor nations: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Bolivia, Guyana, Honduras and Nicaragua.
Links: Benin, Bolivia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, USA, Japan, Cameroon, EU, Malawi, Rwanda, Mozambique, Uganda, Zambia, Guyana, Madagascar, Sao Tome, Mauritania, Gambia, Guinea     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2001 Mar 4
Swiss voters rejected membership talks with the EU by 77%.
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2001 Mar 6
The EU ordered all livestock markets closed for 2 weeks to contain foot-and-mouth disease.
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2001 Mar 19
In Turkey the Cabinet approved a detailed program of political, economic and legal reforms to secure entry to the EU.
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2001 Mar 22
Two Albanians were killed by Macedonian police at a checkpoint when they appeared to pull grenades. The EU urged Macedonia to show restraint and intensify discussions with Albanian militants.
Links: Albania, EU, Macedonia     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2001 Mar 24
EU leaders ended a 2 day meeting in Stockholm announced that they would dispatch a team of mediators to help the peace process between North and South Korea.
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2001 Mar 28
The EU expressed concern over Pres. Bushís abandonment of the Kyoto Treaty for cutting carbon dioxide emissions.
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2001 Apr 30
It was reported that Germanyís Chancellor Schroeder had proposed a draft for turning the EU Executive Commission into a European government and giving the EU Parliament full power over the 15-nation budget.
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2001 May 2
In North Korea Kim Jong Il agreed to hold talks with visiting EU officials about his missile program and tensions with South Korea. Kim Jong Il announced that North Korea would launch no ballistic missiles until 2003.
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2001 May 14
The European Commission announced that it would establish diplomatic ties with North Korea.
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2001 Jun 8
Irish voters rejected the EUís Nice treaty to pave the way for 12 new members. The Irish reportedly feared immigrants in search of jobs and participation in an EU Rapid Reaction Force.
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2001 Jun 14
Pres. Bush clashed with EU leaders in Sweden over his global warming policy, unwavering in his opposition to a global warming treaty. The EU leaders said they would move to implement the Kyoto treaty without the US.
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2001 Jun 16
In Goteborg, Sweden, 15 EU leaders ended a 3-day summit and agreed to a firm timetable to admit new members by 2004.
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2001 Jul 3
General Electric's $41 billion purchase of Honeywell International was vetoed by the European Union. It was the first time a merger of two U.S. companies was stopped solely by European regulators.
Links: EU, M&A     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2001 Aug 13
In Macedonia a peace deal was signed by rival leaders of the 2 main ethnic groups and paved the way for NATO troops to arrive and disarm ethnic Albanian rebels. Representatives of the EU, USA and NATO helped Macedonian politicians produce a plan for peace at Lake Ohrid called the Ohrid agreement.
Links: Albania, USA, EU, NATO, Macedonia     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2001 Sep 9
EU foreign ministers agreed on the need for a new intíl. military force to provide security in Macedonia after NATO withdrawal.
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2001 Sep 27
The WTO issued a blueprint for a new round of talks scheduled for Nov 9 in Qatar. It called for concessions from the US, EU and Japan in opening markets for textiles, steel and agriculture.
Links: Qatar, USA, Japan, EU, WTO, Agriculture     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2001 Oct 4
The EU made a joint announcement with Spain that the Basque ETA would be put on the list of terrorist organizations whose assets would be frozen by the EU.
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2001 Oct 10
The EU and leaders of several African nations agreed on a "Marshall Plan for Africa" to combat poverty and disease and allow access to markets in the industrialized world.
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2001 Oct 19
EU leaders pledged their continued support for the US-led campaign in Afghanistan.
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2001 Oct
The European Court of Human Rights ruled in a case against airport noise that people have a fundamental right to a good nightís sleep.
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2001 Nov 5
Baxter said its dialysis filters appear to have played a role in the deaths of 53 patients in Texas, Nebraska, and 6 countries in Europe, south America and Asia.
Links: EU, Medical, Texas, Nebraska     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2001 Nov 8
The European Central Bank and the Bank of England lowered interest rates by half a percent.
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2001 Nov 23
In Britain PM Blair endorsed British adoption of the Euro.
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2001 Nov 23
The Council of Europe ratified the Budapest Convention which allowed one country to give chase, at least electronically, to criminals in another.
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2001 Dec 13
In Belgium some 80,000 antiglobalization protesters rallied in Brussels against an EU summit set to start the next day.
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2001 Dec 14
European leaders agreed to send 4,000 troops to Afghanistan.
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2001 Dec 14
European nations began distributing a "Eurokit" of euro coins in advance of the Jan 1 day when the euro becomes legal tender.
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2001 Dec 15
EU leaders concluded a 2-day Council at Laeken, Belgium. The adoption of the Laeken Declaration on the Future of Europe, established the European Convention. A constitutional convention was planned. This process was supposed to simplify the EUís legal architecture. The admittance of 10 new members over the next 2 years was also planned. The EU declared their nascent joint military force operational.
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2001 Dec 16
The EU held a weekend summit near Brussels and declared their nascent joint military force operational. A constitutional convention was planned as well as the admittance of 10 new members over the next 2 years.
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2001 Dec 28
The EU expanded its list of terrorist organizations to include Irish, Basque, Greek and Middle Eastern extremist groups.
Links: Spain, EU, Palestine, Greece, Ireland, Lebanon, Basques, ETA     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2001
An EU directive gave member nations until 2006 to comply with an art sale levy, droit de suite (right of continuation), allowing artists to claim a sliding scale royalty on the resale price of their works selling for over 1000 euros.
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2001
The EU began work on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). The final package was expected to come into force in April, 2007.
Links: EU, Chemistry     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2001
At Washingtonís request the UN Security Council ordered that the assets of Yassin Qadi, a Saudi businessman and multimillionaire, be frozen soon after the Sep 11 attacks in NYC. He was alleged to be a financier of Islamic terrorism with close links to al-Qaida. The EU froze the assets of Yasin al-Qadi, a Saudi businessman, and the Al-Barakaat International Foundation, a Sweden-based charity suspected of funding al-Qaida terror groups. In 2008 the EU's highest court overturned the decision saying the order failed to offer those on a terror blacklist any legal rights to a judicial review under European law. Also frozen were the assets of Omar Mohammed Othman, also known as Abu Qatada, an extremist Muslim preacher from Jordan. In 2009 an EU court voided the freeze on Othman due to lack of proper judicial review. Othman has lived in Britain since 1993, has been arrested several times there under anti-terrorist legislation and currently faced deportation to Jordan.
Links: Britain, USA, EU, UN, Sweden, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, al-Qaida     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2001
The Generation IV International Forum (IGF) was established to coordinate the development of new nuclear reactors. Members included America, Argentina, Brazil, Britain, Canada, China, France, Japan, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland and Euratom, the EUís nuclear body.
Links: Argentina, Brazil, Russia, Canada, Britain, USA, France, China, Japan, Switzerland, EU, South Korea, South Africa, Nuclear     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2002 Jan 1
In Europe 50 billion new euro coins and 14 billion new euro notes began circulating in 12 participating countries in the most ambitious currency changeover in history: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands and Portugal
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2002 Jan 14
The World Trade Organization (WTO) decided the European Union could ask for punitive tariffs on U.S. imports.
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2002 Feb 16
Zimbabwe expelled Pierre Schori, head of the EU's 150-member mission to observe elections. EU officials threatened sanctions.
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2002 Feb 18
The EU ordered home from Zimbabwe its 30-member observer team and voted to impose sanctions, which included cutting off $110 million in aid, a ban on travel to the EU by Mugabe and 20 Cabinet members and freezing of assets.
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2002 Mar 1
Envisat ("Environmental Satellite"), an Earth-observing satellite, was launched aboard an Ariane 5 from the Guyana Space Center in Kourou, French Guyana. After losing contact with the satellite on 8 April 2012, the European Space Agency formally announced the end of Envisat's mission on 9 May 2012.
Links: EU, Environment, Earth, Space, French Guiana     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2002 Mar 4
European Unionís 15 members ratified the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, but failed to set pollutant-emission levels to meet the accordís targets.
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2002 May 28
The EU announced plans to overhaul its 100,000-vessel fishing industry with some national fleets to be cut by up to 60% due to overfishing.
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2002 May 29
The EU upgraded Russia to the status of a full market economy.
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2002 May 31
European Union countries formally signed on to the Kyoto Protocol, a pact aimed at stemming pollution and global warming that has been opposed by the United States.
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2002 Jun 20
2002 Jun 22
A European Union Summit was scheduled for Seville.
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2002 Jun 21
Two car bombs exploded at Spanish coastal resort as a European Union summit got under way about 90 miles away at a heavily guarded convention center in Seville.
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2002 Jun 22
Two new bombs rocked Spain's tourist coasts, making five in two days that the government blamed on Basque separatist group ETA trying to disrupt a European Union summit in Seville.
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2002 Jun 22
Tens of thousands of people banged drums, blew whistles and danced their way through Seville's streets in a rally against globalization. The EU Summit ended with new measures to deter illegal immigration.
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2002 Jul 24
The European Union will give an extra $32 million to the U.N. Population Fund to help replace the U.S. money being withheld because of concerns about coercive abortions.
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2002 Aug 30
The WTO ruled that the EU can impose $4 billion in penalties on the US because of an American tax break that promotes exports. The EU planned to give the US time to change the law.
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2002 Sep 16
European political and business officials gathered for a two-day summit on the lagging economy and the last snags to expanding the European Union into eastern Europe.
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2002 Sep 23
Twenty five leaders from Asia and the European Union gathered for a two-day summit expected to focus on North Korea, the fight against international terrorism and economic cooperation.
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