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The European Union – A brief description

The EU project

The European Union is a unique political, economic and social project based on the cooperation of states. This cooperation takes many forms, among which the most important is the concession of national sovereignty and joint exercise of a wide range of areas, better promoting economic and social cohesion, security, both at home and abroad, for all Union citizens.

Click here to learn more about institutions, member states and more which together creates the European Union.


EU Policy Areas

As a result of the European integration process, European policies affect the everyday lives of citizens.  The EU It operates in a wide range of policies, from human rights to transport. Click here to find more information about the Union’s fields of activity and find helpful links to institutions, legislation and related documents.


The Treaty of Lisbon

The Treaty of Lisbon works as an “amending treaty” of existing European Union treaties and the Treaty establishing the European Community. This treaty provides the legal framework for the functioning of the Union of 28 Member States and also provides tools for the advancement of the European integration in a new stage process. The Treaty entered into force on December 1, 2009, after ratification by all 28 Member States. Here you can find more about the Treaty and the relevant provisions.


The Europe 2020 strategy

The European Commission launched on March 3, 2010 the “Europe 2020 Strategy” which aims to prepare the EU economy to address the present and upcoming challenges. The emphasis for the Union to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy, which will help strengthen the competitiveness, employment and social cohesion at EU level and member states.

More specifically, they were five key objectives at EU level with a time horizon to achieve by 2020: employment, research and innovation, climate change and energy, education and combating poverty and social exclusion. In each of these areas, member states translate the European objectives into relevant objectives for the national state, taking into account specific national circumstances. The strategy enables concrete actions both at EU level and national level. Here you can find more on the Europe 2020 Strategy.