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The European Union, or EU, is an economic and political partnership between 27 democratic European member states. The EU works for "Peace, prosperity and freedom for its 498 million citizens — in a fairer, safer world."  Its activities include:

  • Developing a single free market among member states and a single currency
  • Promoting sustainable development
  • Fighting climate change
  • Exporting peace and stability
  • Advocating equal rights and pay in the workplace
  • Providing equal access to justice within the EU
  • Employment and growth

You can expect to find the following types of publications (and more) from the EU:

  • The Official Journal of the EU
  • General Report on the Activities of the EU
  • Agendas, minutes, reports of proceedings, legislative texts, resolutions, etc.
  • Legislation
  • Treaties

Additional Resources

European Union

EU Flag

Against the blue sky of the Western world, the stars represent the peoples of Europe in a circle, a symbol of unity. Their number shall be invariably set at twelve, the symbol of completeness and perfection ... just like the twelve signs of the zodiac represent the whole universe, the twelve gold stars stand for all peoples of Europe – including those who cannot as yet take part in building up Europe in unity and peace.

—Council of Europe. Paris, 7–9 December 1955

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