The European flag

More broadly, the European flag symbolizes both the European Union and identity, the unity of Europe. The Twelve Gold Stars symbolize the ideals of unity, solidarity and harmony among the peoples of Europe.

History of the European flag

In 1955, the Council of Europe adopted the flag for its own use. In the coming years, the emerging European institutions adopt the same banner. In 1985 it was accepted as the official emblem of the European Communities, which later became the European Union.

The flag of Europe was adopted on 25 October 1955 by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. It is also proposed as the flag of

The European Community by a resolution of the European Parliament of April 1983 stating that the 1955 European flag should be considered a Community flag. In 1985, the European Council endorsed Parliament’s proposal and, with the approval of the Council of Europe, the Community institutions introduced the European flag as the flag of the European Union since the beginning of 1986.

The circle of gold stars symbolizes solidarity and harmony between European nations. The number of stars is not related to the number of Member States, and the number 12 is a symbol of perfection, completeness and unity.

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