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European Union European Union. A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE EU The European Union has gone through many incarnations since its origins fifty-plus years ago.

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1 European Union European Union

2 A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE EU The European Union has gone through many incarnations since its origins fifty-plus years ago.

3 European Coal and Steel Community * 1952: The basis of the EU began with the signing of the Treaty of Paris, establishing the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), to regulate European industry & improve commerce, post WWII. * The six founding states were Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, and The Netherlands. *1957: the Treaty of Rome were signed by the six member states, forming: -The European Economic Community (EEC) -The European Atomic Energy Community (Euroatom) * These units worked concurrently with the ECSC.

4 The European Community n 1967: ECSC, EEC, and EuroAtom merged to form the basis of the EC. n 1973: the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Ireland joined the EC. n 1981: Greece joined. n 1986: Spain and Portugal joined. n 1995: Finland, Sweden, and Austria joined.

5 Goals of the EC n To continue to improve Europes economy by regulating trade and commerce. regulating trade and commerce. n To form a single market for Europe's economic resources. n As these goals were accomplished, other goals were developed: goals were developed: n Environmental movements n Regulatory acts n Human rights concerns.

6 THE EUROPEAN UNION 1992: the Maastricht Treaty was ratified, which rechartered the EC as the European Union.

7 Basis of the EU The European Union is based on the rule of law and democracy. It is neither a new State replacing existing ones nor is it comparable to other international organisations. Its Member States delegate sovereignty to common institutions representing the interests of the Union as a whole on questions of joint interest. All decisions and procedures are derived from the basic treaties ratified by the Member States. The European Union is based on the rule of law and democracy. It is neither a new State replacing existing ones nor is it comparable to other international organisations. Its Member States delegate sovereignty to common institutions representing the interests of the Union as a whole on questions of joint interest. All decisions and procedures are derived from the basic treaties ratified by the Member States.

8 Principal Objects of the EU n Establish European Citizenship n Ensure freedom, security, and justice n Promote economic and social progress n Assert Europes role in the world

9 The EU is run by five institutions, each playing a specific role: n European Parliament –elected by the peoples of the Member States n Council of the Union –composed of the governments of the Member States n European Commission –driving force and executive body n Court of Justice –compliance with the law n Court of Auditors –sound and lawful management of the EU budget

10 European Parliament n Members elected every 5 years –Currently 753 members n Three essential functions: –Legislate laws along w/ Council –Budget authority along w/ Council –Supervision of Commission n

11 Council of the EU n Composed of the head of each member country (Prime Minster/President, etc) & the President of the EU Commission –1 Minister acts as President, rotating twice yearly –2 meetings a year, in Presidents country n Main decision making body of the EU n Responsibilities –Legislation & budgetary policies along w/ Parliament –Economic policies –International agreements n

12 European Commission n Embodies and upholds the general interest of the Union. n 20 members: 1 President, 2 vice-Presidents & 17 Commissioners –Elected every 5 years by the Member States after they have been approved by the European Parliament. n As the EUs executive body, it: –Drafts legislation for Parliament & Council; Implements legislation –Guardian of treaties, along with Court of Justice –Represents EU internationally –Manages the 15 EU agencies n

13 President of the EU n President is appointed (not elected) by the (not elected) by the EU Council for a 5-year EU Council for a 5-year term and confirmed term and confirmed by Parliament. by Parliament.

14 Court of Justice 15 judges and 8 advocate generals appointed 15 judges and 8 advocate generals appointed by member states for 6 year terms. by member states for 6 year terms. n The Court of Justice ensures that Community law is uniformly interpreted and effectively applied. n It has jurisdiction in disputes involving Member States, EU institutions, businesses and individuals n

15 The EU Headquarters n Brussels, Belgium n Selected as the headquarters of the European Union because of its centralized location in Europe.

16 ENLARGEMENT: 10 more countries become EU Member States in 2004 country - date of EU application n Cyprus - 3 July 1990 n Malta - 16 July 1990 n Hungary - 31 March 1994 n Poland - 5 April 1994 n Slovakia - 27 June 1995 n Latvia - 13 October 1995 n Estonia - 24 November 1995 n Lithuania - 8 December 1995 n Czech Republic - 17 January 1996 n Slovenia - 10 June 1996

17 27 CURRENT EU COUNTRIES 27 CURRENT EU COUNTRIES n Austria n Belgium n Bulgaria (2007) n Czech Republic n Cyprus n Denmark n Estonia n Finland n France n Germany n Greece n Hungary n Ireland n Italy n Latvia n Lithuania n Luxembourg n Malta n The Netherlands n Poland n Portugal n Romania (2007) n Slovakia n Slovenia n Spain n Sweden n United Kingdom

18 What Does it Take to qualify for Membership in the EU: 1. The candidate country has achieved stability of institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights and respect for and protection of minorities. 2. The candidate country has the existence of a functioning market economy, as well as the capacity to cope with competitive pressure and market forces within the Union. 3. The candidate country has the ability to take on the obligations of membership, including adherence to the aims of political, economic and monetary union.

19 Candidate Countries Croatia Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Turkey Potential Candidate Countries Albania Bosnia & Herzegovina Montenegro Serbia including Kosovo under UN Security Council Resolution 1244 Applicant Countries whose requests for EU membership are still pending

20 The EURO Early 1990s The EURO Early 1990s n 1990: Aimed at boosting cross- border business activity, the first stage of EMU lifted restrictions on movements of capital across internal EU borders. n 1994: The European Monetary Institute was established in Frankfurt to pave the way for the European Central Bank. n 1999: the Euro was introduced as the single currency for eleven EU member states: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain.

21 The EURO 1999-Present n : The Euro and the previous national currencies were concurrently used in participating states. n n 2002: The participating countries had their previous national currencies withdrawn permanently as legal tender. n EU member states not yet using the Euro as currency: United Kingdom, Bulgaria. Czech Rep., Denmark, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Sweden

22 NORWAY? n Norway has never been a member of the EU, but is partners with EU for certain economic and trade reasons. n Their economy has historically been very good and they had no desire to merge with lesser economies. n Norway also partners with the EU in areas of human rights, international justice, the environment, and academic research

23 SWITZERLAND? n Switzerland has never been a never been a member of the EU, member of the EU, but is partners but is partners with EU for certain with EU for certain economic reasons. economic reasons. n Switzerland Joined Joined UN in UN in n Swiss Government want Switzerland to join for economic reasons but the Swiss people continue to vote against joining the EU.


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