The 2013 European Chronicles open with a brief summary of the year’s major events (i.e. the developments relating to the banking union, Latvia’s entry into the Eurozone and Croatia’s accession to the European Union). The European Chronicles then analyze the Union’s main developments, taking into consideration the conclusions adopted by the European Council’s meetings, as well the main EU legislative acts and actions. They discuss the most significant institutional novelties, the relationships between citizens and EU institutions, and the main evolutions in the economic and monetary union. They present the developments in the EU’s regulatory functions (internal market, electronic communications, competition, State aid, social policy, health and consumer protection, environmental protection) and distributive functions (common agriculture policy, research and technology, education and culture), and in the EU’s financial programming and budget. The 2013 European Chronicles close with an analysis of the developments in the areas of freedom, security and justice, of the Union’s external relations and of the common foreign and security policy.