Guide To The European Union / Edition 10

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This completely updated tenth edition of the much-acclaimed guide to the EU is in four parts and contains 39 chapters.

The background

The origins



The institutions

The Commission

The Council of Ministers

The European Council

The European Parliament

The Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions

The Court of Justice

The Court of Auditors

The European Investment Bank

Other EU bodies

The bureaucracy: facts, figures and costs

The competences


Aid and development

Citizens’ rights and symbolism

Competition policy


Culture and the media

Economic and financial policy




Financing the Union


Foreign, defence and security policy

Justice and home affairs

Regional policy

Research and new industries

Social policy


The single market



Women’s rights

Workers’ rights

Special problems


The UK and the Union

The future 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846681721
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/30/2010
  • Series: Economist Series, #74
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dick Leonard has been writing on European issues for 30 years for The Economist, the Observer, Europe magazine, European Voice and leading newspapers across the world. A former assistant editor of The Economist, he has also been a British Labour MP and is the author or part author of some 20 books, including The Pro-European Reader, which he co-edited with his son, Mark Leonard. He has recerly completed a trilogy of books about British prime ministries – A Century of Premiers: Salisbury to Blair (2005), Nineteenth Century British Premiers: Pitt to Rosebery (2008) and Eighteenth Century British Premiers: Walpole to the Younger Pitt (2010).

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Table of Contents

List of figures.

List of tables.


Part I The Background.

1The origins.

2 Evolution – 1958-2010.

3 Treaties.

Part 2 The Institutions.

4 The Commission.

5 The Council of Ministries.

6 The European Council.

7 The European Parliament.

8 The Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.

9 The Court of Justice.

10 The Court of Auditors.

11 The European Investment Bank.

12 Other EU bodies.

13 The bureaucracy: facts, figures and costs.

Part 3 The Competences.

14 Financing the Union.

15 Trade.

16 The single market.

17 Competition policy.

18 Economic and financial policy.

19 Taxation.

20 Agriculture.

21 Research and new industries.

22 Regional policy.

23 Social policy.

24 Workers’ rights.

25 Energy.

26 Transport.

27 Fisheries.

28 Environment.

29 Justice and home affairs.

30 Consumers.

31 Education.

32 Women’s rights.

33 Culture and the media.

34 Citizens’ rights and symbolism.

35 Aid and development.

36 Foreign, defence and security policy.

Part 4. Special Problems.

37 Enlargement.

38 The UK and the union.

39 The Future.


1Basic statistics of the member and candidate states.

2 Presidents of the High Authority and the Commission.

3 The European Commission 2010-15.

4 The Directorates-General and Services of the Commission.

5 Addresses of main EU institutions and specialized agencies.

6 Party groups in the European Parliament.

7 Overseas  links with the EU.

8 The Maastricht, Amsterdam and Nice treaties.

9 The Treaty of Liston.

10 Chronology of major events concerning the European Union.

Suggestions for further reading.


List of figures.

3.1 The three pillars of the European Union.

4.1 The community’s decision-making process.

9.1 Actions for failure of member state to fulfill its obligations.

11.1 Finance provided by the European Investment Bank, 1983-2008.

11.2 European Investment Bank lending in 2008.

14.1 The Community budget, 1973 and 2009.

15.1 EU-27: main trading partners for goods, 2007.

20.1 Main EU-25 agricultural products.

20.2 Main EU-25 agricultural exports.

20.3 Main EU-25 agricultural imports.

25.1 Production of primary energy.

List of tables.

5.1 Countries holding the presidency, 2010-20.

5.2 The weighting of votes under the Nice treaty.

7.1 Political groups in the European Parliament.

7.2 European Parliament election, 2009.

9.1 Court of Justice: 2008 cases analysed by subject matter.

11.1 Geographical breakdown of finance contracts signed.

13.1 EU employees, end 2008.

13.2 Basic monthly salaries in each category, 2008.

14.1 Budget revenue, 2008-09.

14.2 EU budget 2009 in figures: expenditure estimates for EU policies.

14.3 Appropriations for commitments, 2007-13.

14.4 Financial perspective, 2007.

18.1 Conversion rates for the euro.

19.1 Tax revenue and implicit tax rates by type of economic activity.

19.2 VAT rates in member states, 2009.

20.1 Agriculture’s share of GDP, 2005.

20.2 EU agriculture expenditure, 2009.

21.1 Seventh framework programme (FP7) budget, 2007-13.

22.1 Cohesion policy: indicative financial allocations, 2007-13.

23.1 ESF co-funding breakdown, 2007-13.

26.1 Modal breakdown of inland passenger and freight transport, 2006.

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