European Union : How The Eu

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European Union

How the EU works
In the European Union there are currently 28 member states, the EU started in 1958, which was after the aftermath of the Second World War. The UK joined in 1973. Each EU country is different which means that something like population growth can be very different; also each country would have its own approach to some of the most important policies, like education. The EU did not always have as many member states as it does now. When European countries just started to cooperate in 1951, there were 6 countries that participated in cooperating with each other. On the 1st of July 2013, the EU reached its current size when Croatia joined.
Joining the EU is a very extensive procedure which takes a very long time to become official. Once the country that has applied to join meets the conditions for membership, the country must then implement all EU laws and regulations in all areas. Any country that is wishing to join the EU submits a membership application to the EU council; this application would give the commission the chance to assess whether the applicant has the ability to meet the Copenhagen criteria. The ‘Copenhagen criteria’ is the conditions for membership. The European Union has some complex procedures that ensure the applicant would be accepted only when they can demonstrate they will be able to play their part as members. The procedures mean that countries wishing to join need to have a functioning market economy and the capability to…

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