The European Championship is a PDCdarts tournament which allows the top European players to compete with the highest ranked players from the PDC Order of Merit. The tournament takes place in a variety of months and features a field of 32. The inaugural tournament – the 2008 European Championship – was held at the Südbahnhof in Frankfurt, Germany and featured a prize fund of £200,000. The tournament moved to the Claus Hotel & Event Center in Hoofddorp, Netherlands for 2009 featuring a similar prize fund. The tournament returned to Germany in 2010, where it was held at Dinslaken. The 2011 tournament remained in Germany, only this time, it took place in Düsseldorf – the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia. Since 2012, the tournament has taken place in Mülheim, Germany.
Phil Taylor won the tournament on each of the first four stagings of the event, before Simon Whitlock took the title in 2012. Adrian Lewis gained -at that time- his third major win after beating Whitlock in the 2013 edition of the tournament. The current champion is Michael van Gerwen who beat Terry Jenkins in the final of the 2014 tournament. 
The PDC announced on August 12, 2008 that ITV4 would broadcast the entire event. This was the second PDC darts tournament that ITV4 have broadcast, after the inaugural Grand Slam of Darts – after its rating success ITV had chosen to broadcast this event as well as the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts.
The 2009 event was not televised, but the 2010 event was broadcast on Bravo, which screened live darts for the first time in its history. However, Bravo ceased broadcasting at the start of 2011. On June 26, 2011, it was announced that ITV4 would broadcast the 2011 event. In the Netherlands, RTL7 is the broadcaster and in Germany, Sport1 broadcasts this event. On August 8, 2012 it was announced that ESPN would televise the event in 2012 becoming the first broadcaster to show both BDO and PDC Darts. In 2013 the tournament is returning to ITV4 for the 3rd time as part of a deal between ITV and the PDC to cover 4 tournaments, the other 3 tournaments being the UK Open, The Players Championship Finals and a brand new event titled the Masters where the top 16 in the Order of Merit face each other akin to the Snooker Masters.