It was thirty years ago today, on 1 November 1993, that the Maastricht Treaty, also known as the Treaty on European Union, entered into force. The treaty was signed in 1992 by the heads of government of the states of the European Community in Maastricht, Netherlands, and established a European Union (EU) as well as introducing European citizenship.
The treaty aimed to increase cooperation between member states in economic, social, and legal matters, as well as establishing a common foreign and security policy with the aim of safeguarding the common values, fundamental interests, and independence of Europe.
As Liberal Democrats, we campaigned to keep the United Kingdom in the European Union and are now working to rebuild trust and developer a closer relationship with our European Partners. The same reasons for signing the treaty in 1992 still apply today.
The main elements of the Maastricht Treaty are:
The Maastricht Treaty was originally signed by representatives from 12 countries: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom. Its principles have been accepted by the 16 new member states who have since joined. They recognise the value of cooperation in our multipolar world.
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