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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 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
Aid and development
Citizens’ rights and symbolism
Culture and the media
Economic and financial policy
Financing the Union
Foreign, defence and security policy
Justice and home affairs
Research and new industries
The single market
The UK and the Union
List of figures.
List of tables.
Part I The Background.
2 Evolution – 1958-2010.
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.
16 The single market.
17 Competition policy.
18 Economic and financial policy.
21 Research and new industries.
22 Regional policy.
23 Social policy.
24 Workers’ rights.
29 Justice and home affairs.
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.
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.