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2002 Sep 27
Lord Ashdown (b.1941) began serving as the international community's High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He ended his term May 30, 2006.
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2002 Oct 3
NATO and European Union called on Croatia to cooperate with the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal, urging the government to hand over indicted war crimes suspect Gen. Janko Bobetko.
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2002 Oct 9
The European Union's executive Commission declared Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, and Slovakia nearly ready for EU membership and recommended they be invited to join in 2004. Romania and Bulgaria likely will be delayed until 2007 because of weak economies, the Commission said, adding Turkey was the weakest link among candidates.
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2002 Oct 19
Irish residents endorsed the European Union's plans to expand eastward. 63 percent of voters in the referendum approved the expansion proposal, which will admit up to 12 new members and bring the EU's membership to almost 500 million.
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2002 Oct 23
The European Parliament's Conference of Presidents announced that it chose Oswaldo Paya of Cuba for the prestigious 2002 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
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2002 Nov 14
Diplomats from the United States, European Union, South Korea and Japan decided to cut off the shipments of oil to North Korea in response to its violation of a 1994 nuclear agreement.
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2002 Nov 20
The EU, except for Portugal, banned Belarus Pres. Lukashenko and top aides to protest human rights abuses under his rule.
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2002 Dec 6
The EU agreed to ban single-hull tankers, likely to be effective in 2010.
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2002 Dec 13
The EU reached agreement to accept 10 new countries in 2004. These included Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
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2002 Dec 20
The European Union agreed to cuts in its fleet and cod catch quotas, but ignored scientific advice to ban cod fishing altogether to save stocks from near extinction in EU waters.
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The EU decided to go ahead and launch a satellite navigation network, Galileo, to rival America's Global Positioning System (GPS). Operations were scheduled to begin in 2008.
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2002
The EU set up Eurojust to help prosecutors with the worst cross-border crimes.
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2002
An EU regulation forced banks to charge no more for cross-border transfers within the euro area of up to 12,500 euros than they did for domestic ones.
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2002
The European hedge fund charity ARK (Absolute Return for Kids) was established to provide AIDS treatment in Africa, to help children in orphanages in eastern Europe and to finance education in Britain.
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2003 Jan 1
In Bosnia the EU hoisted its dark blue banner to officially mark the transfer of peacekeeping duties from the United Nations, while NATO-led troops handed over control of Sarajevo's airport to Bosnian authorities.
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2003 Jan 10
The European Union proposed a diplomatic initiative to avoid war against Iraq and increased pressure on Washington to pursue a peaceful solution to the crisis over Iraq's arms programs.
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2003 Jan 15
The EU Parliament voted to ban the use of animals to test cosmetics by 2009. Imports of cosmetics using animal testing would also be banned.
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2003 Jan 16
The European Union's Court of Justice ordered Spain and Italy to drop national rules on what constitutes chocolate, saying they can no longer bar British and Irish confections made with vegetable fats instead of cocoa butter.
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2003 Feb 6
Belgium asked the European Union to call an emergency meeting to discuss a peaceful way out of the Iraq crisis.
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2003 Feb 17
European Union leaders declared their solidarity with the United States, warning Saddam Hussein that Iraq faced one "last chance" to disarm peacefully but calling war a last resort.
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2003 Mar 8
Malta became the first of 10 countries to vote on whether to join the European Union, which is luring new members with a $40 billion aid package. The referendum was approved 53.65 to 46.35%.
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2003 Mar 10
The European Union opened a new office in Cuba.
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2003 Mar 17
Berlin Plus agreement, a short title for a comprehensive package of agreements between NATO and EU, was based on conclusions of the NATO Washington Summit.
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2003 Mar 19
EU officials found electronic bugs in a building in Brussels where a summit was set to open the next day. Belgian police suspected the US.
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2003 Mar 23
Slovenes endorsed membership in NATO and the European Union.
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2003 Mar 27
EU governments agreed to ban single-hulled oil tankers carrying heavy fuel in an attempt to reduce the risk of slicks.
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2003 Mar 31
In Macedonia the EU began its first military operation by taking over peacekeeping duties from NATO.
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2003 Apr 1
Seven EU nations, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Finland, Ireland, Portugal and Belgium, said they oppose a proposal by larger countries for a new permanent European Union presidency.
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2003 Apr 3
US Sec. of State Colin Powell assured NATO allies and the EU that the Bush administration seeks a partnership with the United Nations for the reconstruction of post-war Iraq.
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2003 Apr 7
Cuba handed down sentences of 15-27 years to the 1st 7 of 80 recently rounded dissidents. Activists of Oswaldo Paya’s Christian Liberation Movement made up more than two-thirds of those arrested. In response the EU imposed diplomatic sanctions and Cuban officials boycotted embassy functions in what came to be called the “cocktail war.” The sanctions were suspended in 2005 and lifted in 2008.
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2003 Apr 9
The European Union's parliament ratified a historic expansion, making it nearly certain that 10 mostly eastern European countries will join the bloc next year.
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2003 Apr 12
Some 83.8% of voters in Hungary agreed to be part of the historic eastward expansion of the European Union.
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2003 Apr 12
Malta held parliamentary elections. PM Eddie Fenech Adami won and said his nation will go ahead with European Union membership.
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2003 Apr 16
Greek Cypriots signed a treaty to join the European Union.
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2003 Apr 16
Leaders of 25 European nations gathered in Athens to sign treaties sweeping away the 20th century's Iron Curtain divide. The 10 new EU members will formally join May 1, 2004 following ratification of treaties.
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2003 May 11
In Lithuania's 2-day referendum to join the European Union 91 percent voted in favor of joining, while 9 percent voted "no." Election officials said more 64 percent of the nation's 2.7 million registered voters cast ballots over two days of voting this weekend. The country will become the first former Soviet republic to vote itself into the EU bloc.
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2003 May 15
The economies of Germany, Netherlands and Italy contracted during the first three months of 2003 as the European Union as a whole showed no growth for the first time in almost two years.
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2003 May 17
Slovaks in a 2-day plebiscite voted to join the European Union. About 92 percent of voters approved EU membership, with a turnout of some 52 percent.
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2003 Jun 2
Europe's space agency launched a mars probe from Kazakhstan.
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2003 Jun 8
Poland ended a two-day referendum to join the EU. 76% of the 59.6% turnout voted in favor.
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2003 Jun 13
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14, Czechs voted in a two-day referendum on whether their country of 10 million should join the European Union. They voted overwhelmingly to join the European Union. 77.33% of voters approved the measure, while 22.67 voted no. Turnout was 55.21 percent.
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2003 Jun 13
European Union delegates agreed on a draft constitution that details how the coalition of nations will be run as it adds new members and evolves into what many hope will be a world power to rival the United States.
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2003 Jun 19
European leaders gathered at a secluded Greek seaside resort for a three-day summit to discuss Middle East peace, illegal immigration, and the contentious draft of a first-ever European Union constitution.
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2003 Jul 10
Framers of the European Union's first constitution finalized their draft charter but failed to settle differences over how much power national governments would cede to Brussels.
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2003 Jul 29
A heat wave and a drought gauged a multibillion-dollar hole into Europe's economy, crippling shipping, shriveling crops and driving up the cost of electricity.
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2003 Aug 6
Record-breaking heat, already blamed for three dozen deaths, continued to torment Europe.
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2003 Sep 5
European Union foreign ministers met in Riva del Garda, Italy, to discuss Iraq, the tattered Mideast peace plan and their bloc's draft constitution as some 500 anti-globalization protesters blocked main roads to an Italian Alps town.
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2003 Sep 6
The European Union said it will declare all wings of the militant Palestinian group Hamas a terrorist organization and freeze its assets after dozens of deadly attacks in Israel.
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2003 Sep 9
The European Union's high court ruled that Italy and other EU governments can temporarily ban genetically modified foods while they examine health risks, but must provide "detailed grounds," not general fears, to do so.
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2003 Sep 14
Estonians passed a referendum to join the European Union.
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2003 Sep 20
Latvians endorsed membership in the EU.
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2003 Sep 27
Europe's first mission to the moon blasted off aboard a European Ariane rocket from French Guiana. The SMART-1 probe made it to within 3,100 miles of the moon on Nov 15, 2004, and proceeded to move into an elliptical orbit. The spacecraft ended its mission Sep 3, 2006, when it crashed into the lunar surface.
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2003 Oct 17
The EU pushed ahead with efforts to build its own defense arm but sought to ease U.S. concerns by insisting the plan would neither duplicate nor undermine NATO.
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2003 Oct 21
A top European Union official defended the bloc's $233 million contribution for Iraqi reconstruction and said that more could be forthcoming next year.
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2003 Oct 21
Romanians overwhelmingly approved a new constitution designed to prepare the formerly communist country for membership in the EU.
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2003 Nov 3
The EU condemned lingering anti-Jewish bias it said was reflected in a new survey, which found that many Europeans see Israel as a threat to world peace.
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2003 Nov 24
British PM Tony Blair and French President Jacques Chirac confronted the sensitive issue of European defense and in a show of unity announced plans for a small rapid-reaction force of EU peacekeepers.
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2003 Nov
Wim Duisenberg, president of the European Central Bank, retired and presented a bell to his successor Jean-Claude Trichet for keeping order during meetings.
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2003 Dec 4
Pres. Bush lifted tariffs on imported steel and averted a trade war with Europe.
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2003 Dec 13
EU efforts to seal its first-ever constitution collapsed, after leaders in Brussels could not agree on the best way to divvy power once the bloc adds 10 new members next year.
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