Speech

Family photo after the European Council meeting in Copenhagen, 13 December 2002 - speech by the Prime Minister

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

This is indeed a historic moment and a day to remember. For the people of Europe. And for the whole world.

Today we succeeded in fulfilling the aim, which generations of Europeans have fought for.

In 1989 brave and visionary people tore down the Berlin Wall. They would no longer tolerate the forced division of Europe.

Today, we have delivered on their hopes. We have decided to heal our continent. We have decided to create One Europe.

Today we have closed one of the bloodiest and darkest chapters in European history.

Today we have opened a new chapter. Europe is spreading its wings. In freedom. In prosperity. And in peace.

It is a truly proud moment for the European Union. It is a triumph for liberty and democracy.

To our new members I say: “Warmly welcome to our family”.

Our new Europe is born.