The Institutions Of The European Union

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RKPB Rechtskunde u. politische Bildung The Institutions Of The European Union Kat.Nr.: 12 Jahrgang: 5AK Name: Sonja Schmatz Schuljahr: 96 97 Introduction The European Union consists of eight institutions employing only 24 500 people. The Union has come a long way since the European Coal and Steel Community was founded in 1952 to lay the basis for lasting peace and prosperity. Membership has more than doubled to embrace 15 European States. The probable arrival of many more new members in the years ahead is foreseeable. One of the most important questions will be whether and how the institutions need to be altered to give effective service to a much larger Union. In the last 20 years, the Parliament has become directly-elected and acquired new powers, the European Court of Auditors has arrived on the scene, the European Investment Bank has emerged as a major source of finance for economic development, the Economic and Social Committee has testified to the value of debate and cooperation between the social partners and, most recently, the Committee of the Regions has been set op to advance regional interests and diversity. European Parliament Members: 626 elected every 5 years Germany 99, France, Italy, the United Kingdom 87 each, Spain 64, the Netherlands 31, Belgium, Greece and Portugal 25 each, Sweden 22, Austria 21, Denmark and Finland 16 each, Ireland 15, Luxembourg 6. Next election due 1999 Meeting places: Strasbourg for monthly plenary sessions. Brussels for committee ...

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