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All about the EU

Europe. What's it all about?

Europe. What's it all about?

Brochure

'Europe is somewhere else.' This provocative statement opens the first chapter of this brochure. It is, of course, not true. Being right at the heart of Europe, we naturally have many questions about what 'Europe' means and what it does. For example, who governs Europe? What does the European Union mean for our everyday lives? Where is this continent heading in a globalised world? What is the future for Europe? All of these questions and more are broached here. The brochure is aimed at students aged between 13 and 18, and offers them the chance to read, learn and discuss the topics interactively. The brochure is accompanied by a teachers’ guide.

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Europe in 12 lessons

Europe in 12 lessons

Booklet

What purpose does the EU serve? Why and how was it set up? How does it work? What has it already achieved for its citizens, and what new challenges does it face today?

In an age of globalisation, can the EU compete successfully with other major economies while maintaining its social standards? What will Europe’s role be on the world stage in the years ahead? Where will the EU’s boundaries be drawn? And what future is there for the euro?

These are just some of the questions explored by EU expert Pascal Fontaine in this 2010 edition of his popular booklet Europe in 12 lessons.

Please note that this product does not yet refer to Croatia as the 28th Member State, nor to the fact that Latvia became the 18th member of the euro area on 1 January 2014.

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The EU in slides - Presentation slides

The EU in slides

Presentation slides

These slides can be used by teachers to make a powerpoint presentation about the EU. Each slide provides some simple facts or keywords in a style that can be easily understood by an audience with no prior knowledge of the EU. They explain key figures, policies and how the EU works and provide basic information on issues such as EU enlargement, the treaties and the EU symbols.

  • The slides are regularly updated.

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History of the European Union - Website

History of the European Union

Website

From the end of the Second World War, through the Cold War era and  economic growth and recession – European history has never been boring! See how these events shaped the EU – and how the EU has responded. Read an overview of each decade, or take a closer look at what happened year-by-year. You may also want to read about the EU's 'Founding Fathers' and watch videos of them in action.

  • This website is regularly updated.

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How the EU works - Website

How the EU works

Website

Do you want to find out about how the EU works? Then look no further! This is where you can find out all you need to know on how the various institutions work, how the EU takes decisions and who is involved. Find out for example who sets the agenda and who must agree to new proposals before they become law throughout the EU.

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Policy areas of the European Union - Website

Policy areas of the European Union

Website

The EU is active in a wide range of policy areas, from human rights to transport and trade. Whether you want to know how much money the EU spends on restructuring the fishing sector or what it is doing to tackle climate change – this website provides the answers.

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Geography of the European Union - Website

Geography of the European Union

Website

On this website you can find practical maps with basic information on each EU country’s political system, history, economy, geography and traditional food. You can also download and order the leaflet 'Travelling in Europe 2013-14' which contains a map and plenty of advice for travelling.

  • This website is regularly updated.

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EuroparlTV - Website

EuroparlTV

Website

The ‘Young Parliament’ section of the EuroparlTV website features a look behind the scenes at how the Parliament works, the history of the EU, and provides an introduction to current EU topics. Video interviews with MEPs also address some of today’s hottest and most controversial issues.

DVD

This DVD package, produced by EuroparlTV, contains 20 clips designed to captivate younger audiences, encourage classroom discussion and broaden students' understanding of contemporary European issues that directly affect them.

  • 2013

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Europa Diary – Website

Europa Diary

Website

This online diary is packed with interesting facts about life in the EU and information on the rights of EU citizens. Practical advice on such diverse topics as mobile phone tariffs, recycling and music downloads is presented in a simple and concise format, making it particularly suitable as a teaching tool.

The diary incorporates a teachers' guide with suggestions for classroom or homework activities based on the contents of the diary. You can find it on the top right-hand side of the diary.

Irish edition

UK edition

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Budget Europe - Website

Budget Europe

Website

Would you like to spend 100 billion euro? Budget Europe is an educational online game. The player is in charge of the EU and must decide how to spend its budget. He or she must also respond to a minimum of five ‘tweets’ discussing issues from EU funding for healthcare or sports clubs to electricity providers. Press ‘Start’, draw up the budget and divide the €100 billion!

  • 2012

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Teaching resources TES - Website

Teaching resources TES

Website

The world’s largest network of teachers – TES – brings together resources about the European Union. These games, lesson plans and activities posted by fellow teachers can be used to teach pupils about citizenship and Europe – from how the EU works to migration, history, the euro and geography.

  • 2014

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Vos droits en tant que citoyen européen - Site web

Your rights as a European citizen

Website

Practical advice on your rights in the EU. Young users may be particularly interested in information about studying and volunteering abroad, traveling, shopping abroad and internships.

  • This website is regularly updated.

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Facts and figures - Brochure

Facts and figures

Brochure

From the dates when each country joined the EU to facts on population, institutions and languages, this colourful brochure starts with a general introduction before providing more specific information on each EU country. Learn about each country’s political system, population, cities, voting age and more. Further facts and figures are available on the europa website.

Please note that this product does not yet refer to Croatia as the 28th Member State, nor to the fact that Latvia became the 18th member of the euro area on 1 January 2014.

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Energy & Environment


The Awakeners

Website

Introduce your students to our recycling heroes on this interactive website where they can learn about better household (and classroom!) waste management. Each hero focuses on recycling a particular area of waste (water, food, electronics, etc.) and explains how to go about creating a greener environment.

  • This website is regularly updated.

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Facts and figures on the Common Fisheries Policy - Leaflet

Facts and figures on the Common Fisheries Policy

Leaflet

This leaflet provides facts and figures on where and how much we fish in Europe. It looks in detail at how many fish there are in our seas, how many are caught, aquaculture, the processing sector, external trade and consumption.

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Would you drink your wastewater? - Booklet

Would you drink your wastewater?

Booklet

Explore the journey that water takes as we use it in our daily lives. See how it reaches our taps, and its passage through sewers and treatment plants to rivers and the sea, where we can enjoy it once more.

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Economy & Trade

European Economy Explained - Website

European Economy Explained

Website

What exactly happened during the financial crisis? How is the European economy now? What is the Economic and Monetary Union? Find out the answers to these questions and much more through this website packed with interesting and useful information. You can use it to explain the European economy in clear and simple terms to your students.

  • This website is regularly updated.

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The euro area - Map

The euro area

Map

Use this colour-coded map to show your students which countries do or don't use the euro. This map also includes useful information such as GDP across the EU and a timeline illustrating when the euro was implemented in each country.

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A short guide to the euro - Booklet

A short guide to the euro

Booklet

The guide presents basic facts about the euro. It gives a short history of the euro, its reasons for coming into existence and the benefits it offers. You will find an illustrated timeline at the end of the guide detailing the most significant events that have marked the euro's existence so far.

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One currency for one Europe - Booklet

One currency for one Europe

Booklet

This guide explains the path of the euro from its conception to its existence. Your students will gain a clear and in-depth understanding of the steps and ideas that made the euro what it is today, and the reasons why.

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€conomia - The game on monetary policy - Website, game

€conomia - The game on monetary policy

Website, game

A fun and interactive way to discover how monetary policy works. Each 4 months over a period of eight years, players must take decisions on interest rates in order to keep inflation below 2%.

Please note that this product does not yet refer to Croatia as the 28th EU Member State.

  • 2011

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Competition in Europe - It's your deal - Brochure

Competition in Europe

Brochure

The European Commission plays an important role in ensuring that businesses inside and outside of the EU play by the rules, making sure that consumers get a fair deal. Following the story of Chloe, a young artist, and Thomas, a competition policy officer, this comic strip will help your students get a clearer understanding of how the EU acts to ensure a fair and competitive market in Europe.

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Food and agriculture

Taking care of our roots - Website

Taking care of our roots

Website

Get to grips with the EU's Common Agricultural Policy. This website contains a section specifically designed to help teachers explain the CAP to students, including how to help EU farmers and protect the countryside. There is also a toolkit containing videos, infosheets, posters and postcards.

  • This website is regularly updated.

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Consumer rights

Consumer Classroom - Website

Consumer Classroom

Website

Empower your students with the practical consumer skills they need for real life! The Consumer Classroom website contains a host of resources to inspire teachers – on issues from social media to citizenship and consumer rights. It also allows teachers to build lessons online and share them with students, and to swap tips with other teachers through an EU-wide online community.

  • This website is regularly updated.

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Safety

Take control of your personal data - Brochure

Take control of your personal data

Brochure

The drawings illustrate the various risks young people can be exposed to when they surf the web, from unsafe communication of passwords and credit card numbers to the publication of photos. Simple texts explain how a new European law will increase the level of protection.

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The EU and the world


Fighting poverty – the EU in action

Videos

These videos explain the objectives of EU development policy for a teenage audience and introduce projects in areas such as water, food security, conflict prevention and human rights. The videos explain why development aid is necessary in these areas and show how the EU can make a difference.

General introduction [32 MB]

Trade [19 MB]

Water [18 MB]

Environment [18 MB]

Human rights [18 MB]

Health [19 MB]

Food security [21 MB]

Education [17 MB]

Infrastructures [19 MB]

Conflict prevention [18 MB]

  • 2008

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Hidden Disaster - Comic book

Hidden Disaster

Comic book

2004 – a tsunami hits Indonesia. 2010 – an earthquake kills over 200 000 in Haiti. Many natural disasters have claimed a shocking number of lives in recent years. The comic book “Hidden Disaster” tells the tale of survivors who have lost their homes and shows humanitarian aid at work. Taking a look behind the scenes, we learn about initial reactions and aid measures coordinated at the European Commission, and the actual challenges aid workers face on the ground.

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