European Union: Introduction

Initial discussions for a regional union in Europe began in 1948, in the aftermath of World War Two to promote stability and economic cooperation between member states. Comprised of 28 European countries, the EU has established common institutions - the Council (which represents national governments), the European Parliament (which represents the people), and the European Commission (an independent body that represents the collective European interest) – to democratically legislate specific matters of joint interest to participating countries at a European level.

Number of Member Countries: 28
Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium
Region(s): Europe
Founding Document: Agreement Text
Composition: Plurilateral
Coverage: Goods & Services
Date Signed: February 7, 1992
Entry Into Force: November 1, 1993
Website: European Union

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Sources

U.S. Dept. of State Europe and Eurasian Affairs Regional Topics

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