A desire to avoid further disastrous and horrific
Anxiety about the apparent territorial ambitions of the
(drawn up by Robert Schuman who, at the time, was the French Foreign Minister) looked at the economic position of European countries and developed the idea of intergovernmental political initiatives
European Convention Act
European Community Act
European Countries Act
European Court Act
In a nutshell, the EU is a unique economic and political
between European countries
The name change from the EEC to the EU in
as a result of the
of Maastricht, reflected this.
Why, then, can the EU be called a political union? It is because the EU is based on the rule of law: everything that it does is founded on treaties, voluntarily agreed by all member states. These binding agreements set out the EU’s goals in its many areas
Because of this the EU can be called a political
One of the EU’s main goals is to promote
both internally and around the world.
The introduction of the promotion of human rights was implicit at the founding of the EU. However, an acknowledgement that it could be included in the treaty rather than as an underlying principle was brought about by the negotiations in ***(Country)***. These resulted in bringing these rights together into a single document, the Charter of ***(Word word)**** (CFR). The CFR now has constitutional treaty status. EU institutions are legally bound to uphold the rights set out in the CFR, as are the governments of member states whenever they apply EU law.
The ultimate objective of the single market is to create a situation where goods, people and businesses, services and money can move around as if the EU were one large country rather than 28 individual ones. These movements are known as
People and businesses
which came into force at the end of 2009, introduced elements of what was originally intended to be a written constitution for the EU
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