If you are between 14 and 18 and interested in finding out more about the European Union and what it has done or you, then this publication is for you! The European Union has been constructed over time. It is a continuous ‘work in progress’ and it will soon be your generation’s turn to decide what to do next. So now is the time for you to shape your own opinions about the EU.
This publication and the exercises it contains should provide food for thought not only for you, but also when talking about Europe with your friends and family.
This publication is a guide to the European Union (EU) and what it does. The first section explains in brief what the European Union is. The second section, ‘What the European Union does’, describes what the EU is doing in 35 different areas to improve the lives of people in Europe and further afield. The third section, ‘How the European Union makes decisions and takes action’, describes the institutions at the heart of the EU’s decision-making process and how their decisions are translated into actions.
This online quiz has been created for secondary school pupils to help them understand the basics about the EU. It can be played as part of a lesson or as homework. It works on computers, tablets and smartphones.
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.
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.
The education team at the House of European History has developed these educational materials in conjunction with the narrative of the permanent exhibition of the House of European History. You can explore in your classroom, at home or in other educational settings some major themes that have as much relevance for our lives today as they did for Europeans in the past.
EuroparlTV is the European Parliament's web video service, aiming at informing EU citizens about the Parliament's activities and how its Members shape political developments and pass laws that affect people's lives across Europe.
This educational portal presents the information required to guide teachers and students in the study of the process of European integration based on the history, geography and economics of the European Union. The website includes a section dedicated to Augmented Reality with the aim of getting students more involved and also motivating them through the use of new technologies.
Europeans need secure, sustainable and affordable energy. Our way of life is such that energy is vital for essential day-to-day services, without which we and our businesses cannot function. However, making sure we have all the energy we need, at a price we can afford, both now and in the future, is not so easy.
The European Commission’s top priority is to get Europe growing again and increase the number of jobs without creating new debt. Since the start of the global economic and financial crisis, the EU has been suffering from low levels of investment and high unemployment. To address the problem, the Commission, together with the European Investment Bank, launched the investment plan for Europe.
Economic and monetary union represents a major step in the integration of EU economies. Launched in 1992, the union involves the coordination of economic and fiscal policies, a common monetary policy, and a common currency, the euro. Whilst all 28 EU Member States take part in the economic union, some countries have taken integration further and adopted the euro. Together, these countries make up the euro area. The single currency presents undeniable advantages: it lowers the costs of financial transactions, makes travel easier and strengthens the role of the EU at international level.
The single market is one of Europe’s major achievements. It delivers tangible benefits for people and is an engine for building a stronger and fairer EU economy. By allowing people, goods, services and capital to move more freely, it opens up new opportunities for citizens, workers, businesses and consumers, creating the jobs and growth Europe so urgently needs.
A lot of people are missing out on the widest range of online goods and services, or from the many opportunities the internet offers. This is why the digital single market in Europe is so important: it has been created to ensure equal access to products and services, to create the right environment for dynamic and safe online innovative ecosystems in Europe; and to make sure every European citizen, business and government can trust online services and benefit from the digital revolution.
In the last 2 years, Europe has experienced the greatest mass movement of people since the Second World War. More than 1 million refugees and migrants have arrived in the European Union, the large majority of them fleeing from war and terror in Syria and other troubled countries. The EU has agreed on a range of measures to deal with the crisis.
Ten initiatives for a modern and clean economy : the Juncker Commission's contribution to the One Planet Summit, Paris, 12 December 2017
'We would need at least four planets to maintain our present way of life, production and consumption. But we only have one. So now is the time for us all to come together and act for our planet. Tomorrow will be too late.' Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.
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.