22 Facts About European Union

1. European Union was formed to bring together the countries of Europe.

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2. European Union wants tougher examination of potential risks associated with Chinese tech companies, amid growing fears of cybercrimes linked to Beijing and the Chinese government.

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3. European Union is launching bug bounty programs for 14 out of 15 open source projects on which EU institutions rely.

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4. European Union is a grouping of states from Western, Eastern, and Central Europe.

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5. The European Union has placed priority on improving relations with developing countries.

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6. In 1998, the European Union decided to pursue its own satellite navigation system, known as Galileo, which currently is still in its development phase.

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7. European Union companies are the number-one investor in 41 US states and rank second in the other nine.

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8. European Union is comprised of three separate communities: the European Coal and Steel Community (established in 1951) and the European Atomic Energy Community and the European Economic Community (both established in 1957).

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9. The European Union participated as an observer in Multinational Experiment 4 crises simulations led by US Joint Forces Command, and is currently participating as an observer in MNE5.

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10. The European Union used the ASEM Summit to press the Burmese regime to adopt a more inclusive political process and introduce a timetable for democratic reform.

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11. The United States and European Union actively engaged in ongoing support for the Iraq Compact process.

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12. The United States and the European Union have held regular consultations, in particular within the United Nations framework and the Quartet, on the evolving situation.

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13. European Union firms were the largest foreign investors in 44 US states and the second largest foreign investor in the remaining six.

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14. European Union is a political and monetary organization of European nations.

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15. European Union is a rapidly changing economic and political union of mostly western European nations that arose out of the European Community in 1993.

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16. European Union is a long-standing political and economic federation of autonomous European nations.

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17. The Treaty of European Union, signed in Maastricht, the Netherlands, in 1992 and ratified in 1993, provided for a central banking system, a common currency to replace the national currencies, a legal definition of the EU, and a framework for expanding the EU's political role, particularly in the area of foreign and security policy.

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18. European Union is a confederation of 28 member countries in Europe, started in 1957 as the European Economic Community (EEC).

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19. The European Union Commission's Directorate-General for Health and Consumers seeks to align national laws on the protection of people's health, on the consumers' rights, on the safety of food and other products.

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20. European Union has established agencies to co-ordinate police, prosecutorial and immigrations controls across the member states: Europol for co-operation of police forces, Eurojust for co-operation between prosecutors, and Frontex for co-operation between border control authorities.

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21. European Union was formally established when the Maastricht Treaty—whose main architects were Helmut Kohl and Francois Mitterrand—came into force on 1 November 1993.

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22. European Union is a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe.

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