The Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe was created in 1993. JIVE provides both scientific and user support for the European VLBI Network (EVN) and a correlator facility. It is located in Dwingeloo, in the same building as the Stichting ASTRON. EVN was formed in 1980 by a consortium of five of the major radio astronomy institutes in Europe (the European Consortium for VLBI). Since 1980, the EVN and the Consortium have grown to include 9 institutes with 12 telescopes in 8 western European countries as well as associated institutes with telescopes in Poland, Russia, Ukraine and China. Proposals for additional telescopes in Spain and Italy are under consideration, and furthermore, the EVN can be linked to the 7-element Jodrell Bank MERLIN interferometer in the UK and to the US Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) to create a `global' network.