Dr Denis MacShane was appointed Minister of Europe on 28 October 2002.
Biography - Dr Denis MacShane
January 1st 2003 is the 30th Anniversary of Britain's accession to then EEC - what is now the European Union.
In the '30th Anniversary' section you can find out more about how Britain benefits for our membership. You can also test your general knowledge on Europe with our interactive Quiz.
Opportunities New Europe - UK regional events
The Minister for Europe, Denis MacShane, is leading a country-wide programme of events to engage local audiences on the enlargement of the EU next year, giving people the opportunity to find out about the new countries that will be joining the EU and discuss just how this will impact on them.
Find out more: Opportunities New Europe
There are also two short videos recorded by Dr MacShane. In the first, he talks about the how Britain benefits from EU membership; in the second, targeted at a youth audience, he also talks about the future of Europe and how it affects young people.