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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:
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.
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.