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Euro Challenge 2017-2018

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European Union Basics

The European Union, or EU for short, is a unique economic and political partnership between democratic European countries whose aim is peace, prosperity and freedom for its citizens in a fairer, safer world.

The European Union was set up with the aim of ending the frequent and bloody wars between neighbours, which culminated in the Second World War. As of 1950, the European Coal and Steel Community begins to unite European countries economically and politically in order to secure lasting peace. The six founders are Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

For an easy-to-navigate guide, check out the Europa website's guide to the EU member states.

Countries that are members of the European Union set up governing bodies to run the EU and adopt its legislation.  Prior to the Lisbon Treaty (which will change the future structure), the 3 main pillars were:

EU Membership