The European Union

is a union of fifteen independent states bases on the European Communities that was founded in 1993 in order to enhance political, economic and social co-operation.
The 15 participating countries are the following:
- Austria - Germany - Holland
- Belgium - Greece - Portugal
- Denmark - Ireland - Spain
- Finland - Italy - Sweden
- France - Luxembourg - United Kingdom

All these countries, although different in opinion, traditions, are united by a common ideal: to make Europe a better place to live by keeping peace and freedom.
The aim of the European Union is to promote economic and social progress, which is balanced and sustainable, bring the European identity on the ...

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process, and definition of the legal forms to bring those decisions to reality. Over the years, the Treaties have been substantially amended, affecting the Union's competence, institutional structure, and decision-making processes.

Some future objectives of the Union are:

- to implement the Treaty of Amsterdam, which revises the basic treaties on which the EU is founded. It contains new rights for citizen, freedom of movement, employment, strengthening of institution.
- to enlarge the EU, to include countries from central and eastern Europe as well. This was specified in 'Agenda 2000', a detailed strategy for 'strengthening growth, competitiveness and employment, for modernizing key policies and for extending the Union's borders through enlargement as far eastwards as the Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova' (President Santer Jacques in the Agenda 2000). This Agenda is the Commission's much anticipated communication on the future development of the European Union. Introducing the ...

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states, acts on Commission proposals and has the final or joint legislative authority with the Parliament. It has also role in establishing an internal market (no borders between states, that guarantees freedom of movement inside the Union) and that the objectives put by the Treaty are reached by coordinating the general economic policies of the member states of the EU by adopting proposals from the Commission.
The European Parliament represents the people of the European Union, by acting as the EU's public forum in debating issues and questioning the Commission and Council. It has three fundamental powers:

- legislation power
- the power of the purse
- the power to democratic ...

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