The European Union

  • The European Union - Your Region

    What purpose does the EU serve? Why and how was it set up? How does it work? What has it already achieved for its members, and what new challenges does it face today? As it constantly expands to embrace more nations, how must the European Union change? In an age of globalisation, can the EU compete successfully with other major regions? Can the EU continue to play a leading role in nationstates?

    What purpose does it serve?

    The European Union was created to form a region where by nations can come together under a banner of peace, democracy, economic unity and social justice. The old saying[i] "strength in unity"[/i] is as relevant as ever to today's Europeans. The EU's strength springs from its ability to take united action on the basis of decisions made by democratic institutions - [b][url=]the Security Council, the European Parliament, and the European Court of Justice. [/url] [/b]

    The EU wants to promote human values and social progress. Europeans see globalisation and technological change revolutionising the world, and they want people everywhere to be masters - not victims - of this process of change. People's needs cannot be met simply by market forces or by the unilateral action of one country.

    In the long run, every EU country benefits from this cooperation. The European Union has shown that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The EU as a unit has much more economic, social, technological, commercial and political 'swing' than the individual efforts of its member states, even when taken together. There is added value in acting as one and speaking with a single voice as the European Union.

    So the EU stands for a view of humanity and a model of society that the vast majority of its citizens support. We cherish our rich heritage of values that includes a belief in human rights, social solidarity, free enterprise, a fair sharing of the fruits of economic growth, the right to a protected environment, respect for cultural, linguistic and religious diversity and a harmonious celebration of tradition and progress.

    The [b][url=]Articles of the European Union[/url][/b], signed at the foundation of the Union, sets out the agreement that all member nations signed. It is the glue that holds the union together. United by our common aspirations.

    EU nations have a wealth of national and local cultures that distinguish them from one another, but they are united by their common heritage of values that distinguishes us from the rest of the world.

    How does it work?

    The European Union is more than just a confederation of countries, but it is not a federal State. It is, in fact, something entirely new and historically unique. Its political system has evolved since it was founded, thus reflecting the cooperation and innovation of a vibrant Region.

    The member states of the Union delegate some of their national sovereignty to institutions they share and that represent not only their national interests but also their collective interest. We have a [b][url=]Tricameral Form of Government[/url][/b].

    This 'institutional triangle' can function only if the three institutions work closely together and trust one another.


    "In order to carry out their task and in accordance with the provisions of the Articles of the European Union, the European Parliament acting jointly with the Security Council and the European Court of Justice shall make regulations and issue directives, take decisions, make recommendations or deliver opinions".

    (Article 20 of the 'Articles of the European Union').

    A citizens' Europe

    Is the EU about people or about politics? The process of founding Europe began with the political vision of the EU's founding father, The Commonwealth of Nungeena. His primary concern was to build a united Europe as effectively and solidly as possible.
    A sense of being European and belonging together cannot be manufactured. It can only arise from a shared cultural awareness - which is why Europe now needs to focus its attention not just on economics but also on culture.

    Freedom, security and justice

    European citizens are entitled to live in freedom, without fear of persecution or violence, anywhere in the European Union. Yet international crime and terrorism are among the things that most concern Europeans today. See [b][url=]Proposed Legislation - Nuclear Stockpile Maintenance[/url][/b].

    These challenges call for swift joint action at EU level. The European Union clearly needs a policy on 'justice and home affairs' - particularly since constant enlargement is gives a changing dimensions to the issue of the EU's internal security.

    The European Union in Nationstates

    Since its inception the European Union has stood as the only true 'European' region in the game. But this is definitively down to the work its members have put in to its development. And it's far from over. In a region which is growing constantly 'new thinking' is imperative to success. Each member nation represents a cog in the ever churning machine that is the European Union. All are welcome. All are equally important. This is why the region is so successful. And why it will continue to be.

    What future for Europe?


    [i]"A day will come when all the nations of this continent, without losing their distinct qualities or their glorious individuality, will fuse together in a higher unity and form the European brotherhood. A day will come when there will be no other battlefields than those of the mind - open marketplaces for ideas. A day will come when bullets and bombs will be replaced by votes". [/i]

    Victor Hugo spoke those prophetic words in 1849. Today is that day.

    It is up to us, the member nations of the European Union, to decide what we desire to be our goals for the future. We can do this today. It is happening right noe in the Parliament, Security Council and ECJ. It is happening in every home in your nation.

    'In varietate concordia' or 'Unity in diversity'.

    Czech - Jednotnost v různorodosti
    Danish - Forenet i mangfoldighed
    Dutch - Eenheid in verscheidenheid
    English - United in diversity
    Estonian - Ühinenud mitmekesisuses

    Finnish - Moninaisuudessaan yhtenäinen
    French - Unie dans la diversité German - In Vielfalt geeint
    Greek - Ενότητα στην πολυμορφία
    Hungarian - Egység a sokféleségben

    Irish - Aontaithe san éagsúlacht
    Italian - Uniti nella diversità Latvian - Vienotība dažādībā
    Lithuanian - Vienybė įvairialypiškume
    Maltese - Maghqudin fid-diversità

    Polish - Jedność w różnorodności
    Portuguese - Unidos na diversidade
    Slovak - Jednota v rozdielnosti
    Slovene - Združeni v raznolikosti
    Spanish - Unidos en la diversidad

    Swedish - Förenade i mångfalden
    Basque - Aniztasunean bat eginik
    Catalan - Units en la diversitat
    Esperanto - Unuiĝinte en diverseco
    Galician - Unidos na diversidade

    Friulian - Unîts inte diversitât
    Luxembourgish - Eenheet an der Verschiddenheet
    Sardinian - Umpare in sa diversidade.
    Scots - Ae mynd, monie kynd
    Welsh - Yng glym mewn gwahaniaeth

    Bulgarian - Единни в многообразието
    Croatian - Ujedinjeni u raznolikosti
    Macedonian - Единство во различноста
    Romanian - Unitate în diversitate
    Turkish - Çeşitlilikte birlik
    Ukrainian - З'єднанi в рiзноманiтностi

  • Dear Estonia,

    Just wanted to help you with Croatian: its not Ujedinjeni u različitosti (can be but its wrong formally) more formally correct would be Ujedinjeni u raznolikosti (similar to the slovenian one....another reason why i didnt understand why you didnt put croatian next to it)

    Take Care

    [you can delete this after you read this post]

  • Thanks for the info. I've amended the post accordingly.


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