How did the EU start?
Europe was created after WW2, as an attempt to prevent past wrongs.
In the years between 1945 and 1950, international politicians were trying to influence their nations to cast aside their differences and ally together.
On the 9th May 1950, Robert Schuman (the then French Foreign Minister) proposed establishing a European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC).
The materials once used to wage war between these countries would be pooled and controlled by one High Authority. This was the starting point of the EU we have today.
The Functions of the EU
No European country is strong enough to cope alone in world economics.
With a budget bigger than €120 billion, money is given to lesser-developed countries in order for them to catch up with the rest of the EU.
The EU Parliament
•This is the elected body that speaks for the citizens of Europe.
• It supervises EU activities and takes an active role in the legislative process.
• The members have been directly elected since 1979.