Okay, the EU as an institution celebrated its fiftieth birthday last year, but the parliament, as most government bodies took a little longer to form, so today is their fiftieth birthday! When it was started in 1958 there were 142 members, from six countries and they spoke four languages. Now there are 785 members, from 27 countries, speaking 23 languages. Learn more about the history of the parliament in this slide show.
Want to read and hear what they did in celebration? Check out this page.
Want more resources on the EU? Check out the libraries guide.