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The EU in slides

This page contains visual material –slide presentations - illustrating various aspects of the EU.

These slides may be a useful tool for teachers, speakers on EU issues, students and anyone interested in giving a presentation about the EU.

They offer clear explanations on what the European Union is, what it does and how it works.

You may use the slides with no fees or copyright restrictions, and modify them at your own responsibility.

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The basis for a Union


The European Union: 500 million people – 28 countries

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Founders

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The EU symbols

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24 official languages

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Enlargement: from six to 28 countries

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The big enlargement: uniting east and west

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Candidate countries and potential candidates

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The treaties – basis for democratic cooperation built on law

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The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

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Some key figures about Europe


EU population compared to the rest of the world

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EU surface area compared to the rest of the world

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How rich is the EU compared to the rest of the world?

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How big are the EU countries?

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How many people live in the EU?

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GDP per inhabitant: the spread of wealth

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EU activities and achievements


The European economy: stronger together

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Ten priorities for Europe

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An investment plan for Europe

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Banking union: safe and reliable banks

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How does the EU spend its money?

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Climate change – a global challenge

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Energy sources in a changing world

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Research - investing in the knowledge society

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Solidarity in practice: the EU cohesion policy

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The euro – a single currency for Europeans

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Beating inflation

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The single market: freedom of choice

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Free to move

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Cheaper mobile abroad

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Going abroad to learn

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Improving health and the environment

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An area of freedom, security and justice

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The EU: an exporter of peace and prosperity

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The EU – a major trading power

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The EU is the biggest provider of development aid in the world

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Protecting consumers' rights

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Gender equality

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How the EU works


Three key players

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The EU institutions

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How EU laws are made

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The European Parliament – voice of the people

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The European political parties

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Council of Ministers – voice of the Member States

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Council of Ministers – how they vote

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Summit at the European Council

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A high representative for foreign affairs and security

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The European Commission – promoting the common interest

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The Court of Justice – upholding the law

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The European Ombudsman

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The European Court of Auditors: getting value for your money

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The European Central Bank: managing the euro

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The European Economic and Social Committee: voice of civil society

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The Committee of the Regions: voice of local government

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Civil servants working for the EU

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Getting in touch with the EU

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