Member States of the European Union


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Member States of the European Union

  • Member States of the European Union









2008: Worldwide financial crisis starts in the United States.

  • 2008: Worldwide financial crisis starts in the United States.

  • Coordinated response from European leaders:



In 2015, the European Commission of President Jean-Claude Juncker focuses on:

  • In 2015, the European Commission of President Jean-Claude Juncker focuses on:



2015 EU budget: € 145.3 billion = 1.02 % of gross national income

  • 2015 EU budget: € 145.3 billion = 1.02 % of gross national income



Spending on research and development in 2012 (% of GDP)-

  • Spending on research and development in 2012 (% of GDP)-

  • Competitiveness*growth*prosperity*jobs





The single market has led to:

  • The single market has led to:



EU Charter of Fundamental Rights





The EU provides over half of all development aid

  • The EU provides over half of all development aid



Over half of all development aid comes from the EU and its members. Most aid goes to low-come and least developed countries.

  • Over half of all development aid comes from the EU and its members. Most aid goes to low-come and least developed countries.

  • ΕU development policy aims to give disadvantaged people in developing countries control over their own development that means:

  • Focusing on the causes of vulnerability, eg. poor access to food, clean water, education, health, social services etc.

  • Improving respect for human rights

  • Supporting the democratic process

  • Encouraging a more stable economic environment

  • Eradicating disease and providing access to cheap medicines to fight epidemics like HIV/AIDS.







The European Parliament

  • The European Parliament

  • - voice of the people

  • Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament







Number of members elected in each country

  • Number of members elected in each country



Number of seats in the European Parliament per political group (July 2015)

  • Number of seats in the European Parliament per political group (July 2015)





  • Most decisions in the Council are taken by ‘double majority’.

  • A decision must have the support of at least:

  • • 55 % of Member States (16 countries)

  • • Member States that represent 65 % of the EU’s population











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