What is the European Union?
Originally created in the early 1950's as the six member European Coal and Steel Community, the European Union has evolved into a twenty-seven member state democratic institution which plays a critical role in the daily life of almost five hundred million Europeans. The main goals of the European Union are:
- To provide peace, prosperity and stability for its peoples;
- To overcome the divisions on the continent;
- To ensure that its people can live in safety;
- To promote balanced economic and social development;
- To meet the challenges of globalisation and preserve the diversity of the peoples of Europe;
- To uphold the values that Europeans share, such as sustainable development and a sound environment, respect for human rights and the social market economy.