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The Flag of the European Union
When was it adopted? Why does it have 12 stars? What do they represent? Here are the answers

The History of a symbol

1955 - The Assembly of the Council of Europe chooses its symbol: a flag with 12 golden stars on a blue background
1979 - The European Parliament presents a resolution on the adoption of a flag for the European Community
1983 - The European Parliament decides that the flag of the Council of Europe will be adopted by the Community
1984 - The European Council stresses the importance of promoting the identity and the image of Europe among European citizens and at a global level
1985 - The European Council approves the use of the flag as the official emblem of the European Union (EEC at the time)
1986 - The Community institutions start to use the blue flag with 12 golden stars

Some curiosities

- The EU flag is the symbol of the European Union and represents the Community identity
- The 12 stars have nothing to do with the number of member states
- Each of the stars has five points, one of which is constantly directed upwards
- On the blue background are 12 golden stars in a circle indicating the union of the European peoples
- The number of stars does not vary. They are the emblem of perfection, completeness, harmony and unity
- The colours used are: Pantone Reflex Blue RGB: 0/51/153 ; Pantone Yellow RGB: 255/204/0

 

Last update: 03 June 2014