The European Equity Fund, Inc. (NYSE: EEA) (the “Fund”) announced the expiration and preliminary results of the Fund’s tender offer for up to 574,974 of its shares of common stock, representing approximately 5% of its issued and outstanding shares. The offer expired at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on February 8, 2011.

Based upon current information, approximately 4,766,961 shares of common stock , or approximately 41% of EEA’s common stock outstanding, were tendered through the stated expiration date, including shares tendered pursuant to notices of guaranteed delivery. These numbers are subject to adjustment and should not be regarded as final. No more than a total of 574,974 properly tendered shares will be accepted in exchange for cash, at a price equal to 98% of the Fund’s net asset value (“NAV”) per share as determined by the Fund today, February 9, 2011. The Fund normally calculates its NAV per share at 11:30 a.m. New York time on each day during which the New York Stock Exchange is open for trading. The final number of shares validly tendered and accepted pursuant to the Fund’s tender offer and the tender offer price per share will be announced at a later date.

For more information on the Fund, including the most recent month-end performance, visit www.dws-investments.com or call (800) 349-4281.

Important Information

The European Equity Fund, Inc. is a diversified, closed-end investment company seeking long-term capital appreciation through investment primarily (normally at least 80% of its assets) in equity and equity-linked securities of companies domiciled in European countries utilizing the Euro currency. Investing in foreign securities, particularly those of emerging markets, presents certain risks, such as currency fluctuations, political and economic changes, and market risks. Any fund that concentrates in a particular segment of the market will generally be more volatile than a fund that invests more broadly.

Closed-end funds, unlike open-end funds, are not continuously offered. There is a one-time public offering and once issued, shares of closed-end funds are sold in the open market through a stock exchange. Shares of closed-end funds frequently trade at a discount to the net asset value. The price of a fund’s shares is determined by a number of factors, several of which are beyond the control of the fund. Therefore, a fund cannot predict whether its shares will trade at, below or above net asset value.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the laws of such state or jurisdiction.

Certain statements contained in this release may be forward-looking in nature. These include all statements relating to plans, expectations, and other statements that are not historical facts and typically use words like “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “intend,” and similar expressions. Such statements represent management’s current beliefs, based upon information available at the time the statements are made, with regard to the matters addressed. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, such statements. Management does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

NOT FDIC/ NCUA INSURED • MAY LOSE VALUE • NO BANK GUARANTEE

NOT A DEPOSIT • NOT INSURED BY ANY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCY

DWS Investments is part of Deutsche Bank’s Asset Management division and, within the US, represents the retail asset management activities of Deutsche Bank AG, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Deutsche Investment Management Americas Inc. and DWS Trust Company. (R-20423-3 2/11)