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Community legislation

Overview page. Subjects: Law.

Laws made by the European Parliament acting jointly with the Council of the European Union and the European Commission. Each body has legislative powers but most legislation is now made by...

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cooperation procedure

Overview page. Subjects: Law.

A procedure introduced by the Single European Act1986 that allows the European Parliament to impede the adoption of proposed legislation by the Council of the European Union; the Maastricht...

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Council of Ministers

Overview page. Subjects: Politics — Law.

The Council of the European Union which directly represents the Member Governments, and is the principal decision‐making body that acts on proposals from the European Commission.

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court of first instance

Overview page. Subjects: Law.

1 A court in which any proceedings are initiated.

2 Loosely, a court in which a case is tried, as opposed to any court in which it may be heard on appeal.

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Economic and Monetary Union

Overview page. Subjects: Politics — Law.

The creation of a single European currency, the euro, managed by an independent European Central Bank (ECB), and the coordination of economic policies of participating member states which...

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euro

Overview page. Subjects: Economics.

Name for the new currency that is due to come into being on 1 January 1999 following European Monetary Union (cf. Eurofed).

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European Commission

Overview page. Subjects: Law — Social Sciences.

The main executive body of the European Union (EU). Each of the 27 member country governments appoints a single commissioner. The commission is responsible for initiating action in the EU:...

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European Community

Overview page. Subjects: Law.

The three original bodies of European integration: the European Community, the European Atomic Energy Community, and the European Coal and Steel Community (now defunct).

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European Council

Overview page. Subjects: Law.

A body consisting of the heads of government of the member states of the European Union. It is not a formal organ of the EU (compare Council of the European Union), but meets three times a...

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European integration

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

The formation of European states into the world's closest regional association, which has assumed many of the characteristics of statehood.

Early history (up to 1957)

The...

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