Social Sciences Test April 2014

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When was the treaty of Nice signed?
26th February 2001
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When did the treaty of Nice enter into force?
1 February 2003
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The Treaty on European Union
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Common Foreign and Security Policy
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Justice and Home Affairs
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Economic and Monetary Unino
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European Economic Community
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European Community
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When did the treaty of Maastricht enter into force?
1st November 1993
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When was the treaty of Maastricht signed?
7th February 1992
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European Coal and Steel Community
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When was the treaty of Rome signed?
March 25th 1957
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Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg
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Members of the ECSC (6)
Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, West Germany, France, Italy
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When did the treaty of Rome come into force?
January 1st 1958
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The Riksdag
Swedish parliament
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Members of the European Parliament
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When are MEPs elected?
Every 5 years
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EU laws that apply immediately and equally in all member states
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Example of regulation
REACH regulation that concerns chemicals
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EU laws that contain goals that member states must reach, but they can decide how
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Implementing a directive in national legislation
Applying a directive into a member states laws
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Convergence criteria
Certain requirements that a country must reach to be able to use the euroq
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Monetary policy
Supply of money, rate of interest to produce growth
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Exclusive competence
When the EU decides everything
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Shared competence
When the EU and member states share the right of decision
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The structure of the European Council
A president, heads of state, and government of member states, and the president of the European Commission
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How often is the president of the Euro Counc. elected?
Every 2.5 years, may be elected for a second term
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Structure of the European Commission
A Commissioner from each member state
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How often are Commissioners elected?
Every 5 years
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The Swedish Commissioner
Cecilia Malström
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Structure of the Council of Ministers
A minister from the government of each member state, led by a President
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How often does the President of the Council of Ministers change?
Every 6 months, according to a pre-determined order
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How do MEPs meet to debate and make decisions? (Euro parl.)
By political affiliation
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Structure of the EU Court of Justice
One judge from each member state, each judge assisted by 8 general advocates
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How often are judges for the Court of Justice appointed?
Every 6 years.
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European Central Bank
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Structure of the ECB
Led by the heads of the national central banks, and six members appointed by the EU Council
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Structure of the Court of Auditors
A independent member from each member state, that has no other posts
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How often are the Auditors appointed?
Every 6 years.
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Gross national income
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Value of the EU annual budget
1,300 billion SEK
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Value added tax
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Countries that pay the highest contributions to the EU
Germany, France, and Italy
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Countries that pay the lowest contributions to the EU
Malta, Estonia, and Cyprus
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Greatest net recipients of EU support and grants
Greece, Poland, Portugal
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Greatest net contributors of EU support and grants
Germany, France, Italy
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What are the areas that individual member states may decide on alone?
Education, medical care, culture
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What can prevent member states from legislating?
An EU law that legislates the same issue, and the fundamental EU principles
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Committee on EU Affairs
The Riksdag's special body for consultation on EU matters
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Preliminary ruling
When a national court defers to the EU Court of Justice for the interpretation of an EU law
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European Exchange Rate Mechanism. Currencies that are linked to the euro.
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What is the EU budget used for?
To implement EU policy
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What is the EU budget financed by?
Contributions to the EU by member states
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What are the contributions from the member states made up of?
Revenues from tariffs, value-added tax, and a charge based on the GNI of the country
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What is the EU budget money mostly distributed as?
Support and subsidies given to member states
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Major areas of EU expenditure
The agricultural sector, regional support, cultural exchanges, environmental research
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Who is responsible for distributing EU support?
Government agencies in member states
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What is the rest of the EU budget used for?
Financing common projects, eg computer systems to fight crime
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What is 6% of the EU budget used for?
EU administration and management
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What is NOT included in the EU budget?
Member states' costs for implementing EU policies & decisions
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The EU's own resources
Contributions from member states based on their GNI, including VAT
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Cohesion policy
Support to regional development and employment, from the EU budget
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When member states may be granted reductions in contributions during the first few years
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Traditional own resources
Tariffs and similar duties
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European Anti-Fraud Office
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The troika
The European Union, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund
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Shorthand for the economic catastrophe in the Eurozone
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European Financial Stability Fund
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Stability bonds
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