Ireland - International cooperation
Ireland, which became a member of the UN on 14 December 1955, belongs to ECE and all the nonregional specialized agencies. Irish troops have served in the Congo with UNOC, in Cyprus with UNFICYP, with UNEF in the Middle East, with UNIFIL in Lebanon, and with various other UN forces. On 1 January 1973, Ireland became a member of the EU. Ireland is also a founding member of OECD and the Council of Europe, a signatory of the Law of the Sea, and a member of the WTO.