Wanna go Double Dutch?
9th December 2003
- What is your opinion on the Europian Union (EU)? - Do you think that the recent expension of the is a good or a bad thing? - What is your opinion on the european constitution they are trying to create? I think that the EU is great although it feels a little far away, we need more "direct contact". I don't like the fact that we pay more to the EU then that we receive but this will change in the future when all the (new) countries of the EU will have a strong economy. The expension of the EU was a good move: it will help to stabalize the countries and it will mean a better way of live for the citizens of these countries. An european constitution will ensure that all (mayor) laws will be the same in every country; some things that are perfectly legal or acceptable are illegal and unacceptable in other countries. When we have a european constitution the citizens and compagnies of the EU will know where they are up to and it will make it easier for citizens and compagnies to operate/be bussy internationally. There will be ofcourse some arguing on what must be considered legal or illegal, but i'm sure that we will be able to make a nice compromise. So what is your opinion? Below you can find some general info on the topic: EU members: On the first of may the EU expanded from 15 to 25 member states. The new members are: Cyprus, Estonia, Hongary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia and Czechia. The European Union (EU) is a family of democratic European countries, committed to working together for peace and prosperity. It is not a State intended to replace existing states, but it is more than any other international organisation. The EU is, in fact, unique. Its Member States have set up common institutions to which they delegate some of their sovereignty so that decisions on specific matters of joint interest can be made democratically at European level.This pooling of sovereignty is also called "European integration". The historical roots of the European Union lie in the Second World War. The idea of European integration was conceived to prevent such killing and destruction from ever happening again. It was first proposed by the French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman in a speech on 9 May 1950. This date, the "birthday" of what is now the EU, is celebrated annually as Europe Day.
There are five EU institutions, each playing a specific role:
- European Parliament (elected by the peoples of the Member States);
- Council of the European Union (representing the governments of the Member States);
- European Commission (driving force and executive body);
- Court of Justice (ensuring compliance with the law);
- Court of Auditors (controlling sound and lawful management of the EU budget).
These are flanked by five other important bodies:
- European Economic and Social Committee (expresses the opinions of organised civil society on economic and social issues);
- Committee of the Regions (expresses the opinions of regional and local authorities);
- European Central Bank (responsible for monetary policy and managing the euro);
- European Ombudsman (deals with citizens' complaints about maladministration by any EU institution or body);
- European Investment Bank (helps achieve EU objectives by financing investment projects);
A number of agencies and other bodies complete the system.
The rule of law is fundamental to the European Union. All EU decisions and procedures are based on the Treaties, which are agreed by all the EU countries.
Initially, the EU consisted of just six countries: Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom joined in 1973, Greece in 1981, Spain and Portugal in 1986, Austria, Finland and Sweden in 1995. In 2004 the biggest ever enlargement took place with 10 new countries joining.
In the early years, much of the co-operation between EU countries was about trade and the economy, but now the EU also deals with many other subjects of direct importance for our everyday life, such as citizens' rights; ensuring freedom, security and justice; job creation; regional development; environmental protection; making globalisation work for everyone.
The European Union has delivered half a century of stability, peace and prosperity. It has helped to raise living standards, built a single Europe-wide market, launched the single European currency, the euro, and strengthened Europe's voice in the world.
Unity in diversity: Europe is a continent with many different traditions and languages, but also with shared values. The EU defends these values. It fosters co-operation among the peoples of Europe, promoting unity while preserving diversity and ensuring that decisions are taken as close as possible to the citizens.
In the increasingly interdependent world of the 21st century, it will be even more necessary for every European citizen to co-operate with people from other countries in a spirit of curiosity, tolerance and solidarity. source: http://europa.eu.int/index_en.htm
I think my opinion on this is quite well known, suffice to say I think (hope) it will be a complete success, and that Britain won't veto everything, thoroughly bugger up the whole idea, and then try to pull out 'because its a mess'.
Hopefully it will create the new 'alternative' democratic superpower to America, make us all rich, and do some good in the world. How far cynicism creeps in is up to everyone... and there are things to be cynical about, and things to watch very closely as this becomes a reality. But I think that the majority of Europe (England aside ;)) genuinely wants this to work, and has a positive vision for its future.
Now it's the Eurosceptics' turn... :)
I don't really care. I mean I'm sure it will better those members within it. but other then that I don't really have a opinion.
i don't really agree to each any every country that joins the EU, but it's fine i guess... or i hope.
I think it's good that you guys across the pond are making an effort to unify. I don't know too much about the workings of the EU, but it looks like it's working so far. Still, you have a longways to go. Good luck with it though. ;)
Now for the US-Canadian-Mexican(er---Mexico can be left out) alliance..:p
Wanna go Double Dutch?
9th December 2003
Zab556I think it's good that you guys across the pond are making an effort to unify. I don't know too much about the workings of the EU, but it looks like it's working so far.
You do dedicate atleast 1 chapter on the europe or to be more specific: the european union, don't you? we learn basic history about the USA so...
Well, we don't really learn about the EU, in the school system that is. We do learn basic history of Europe. We learn more of the history of Europe instead of EU stuff---pretty much all the way up to the fall of the soviet union. I know what goes on in Europe, and I'm knowledgable about the EU, because I read the news, etc.
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
We don't need the EU; it is a millstone around our necks, dragging us to an early grave. Did you know we send £25 million pounds into Europe, every day? For this amount we could build a hundred new hospitals a year and now with the enlargement hundreds of thousands of people are going to swarm over here and start screwing our welfare state for all its worth. There is nothing in the EU for Britain we need to get out before the damage is irreparable.
Edit: have a look at this hypocritical rubbish
Well im far away from Europe, so i dont know much at all, therefore I cant say much, it it actually does something good then I suppose it is ok
Zab556Now for the US-Canadian-Mexican(er---Mexico can be left out) alliance..:p