The 2014 European Chronicles open with a brief summary of the year’s major events (in particular, the European Parliament elections, the appointments of the President of the EU Commission, of the President of the European Council and of the High Representative; the developments regarding the banking union, the entry of Latvia in the Eurozone and the completion of the procedure concerning Lithuania). The European Chronicles then analyse the Union’s main developments, taking into consideration the conclusions adopted by the meetings of the European Council as well the main EU legislative acts and actions. The Chronicles then discuss the most significant institutional and legal news, the relationships between citizens and the EU institutions, and the main evolutions in the economic and monetary union. They present 2014’s most remarkable developments in the EU’s regulatory (internal market, electronic communications, competition, State aids, social policy, health and consumer protection, environmental protection), and distributive
functions (common agriculture policy, research and technology, education and culture), as well as EU financial programming and budget. The 2014 European Chronicles close with an analysis of the developments in the area of freedom, security and justice, in the external relations of the Union and in the field of the common foreign and security policy.