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Guide to the European Union

The Final Adoption of the Treaty of Lisbon gives the 27-member European Union new momentum as it enters the second decade of the 21st century, more that half a century since the six-member European Economic Community was established in 1957. That the countries of the euro area alone now account for a greater proportion of world exports of goods and services than the United States shows how far the EU has come and how, given strength and unity, it has the potential to provide a counterbalance between America and China.

This revised and updated edition of this much-acclaimed guide to the working of the European Union is invaluable for anyone who wants to understand how the EU developed, how it works and the challenges it faces. Included in its comprehensive coverage are:

  • How the institutions and committees work both in theory and in practice
  • Where the money for the EU comes from and where it goes
  • Facts and figures about the bureaucracy
  • The single market and what it means for business
  • The effects and implications of monetary and economic union and the introduction of the euro
  • How enlargement will change the EU and the political considerations that will determine which other countries join
  • The implications of the Lisbon treaty
  • Every sphere of EU activity from workers’ and women’s rights to fishing and farming

Now in its tenth edition, The Economist Guide to the European Union is well established as the most clear and comprehensive guide to how the EU operates. For everyone who lives and works in the EU – and for others who do business with EU countries – there is no better source of reference.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846681721
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • 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.

Introduction.

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.

Appendices.

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.

Index.

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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