Politics C : The United States And The European Union

1032 WordsDec 21, 20165 Pages
POLITICS C: THE UNITED STATES AND THE EUROPEAN UNION In this essay I will analyse to what extent the E.U. impinges upon the national sovereignty of its member states. In order to arrive at a conclusion my answer will provide analysis and evaluation of the powers and functions of the EU Commission, the council of ministers and the EU parliament. The nature of the relationship between each of the above institutions and the nature of the relationship between the European union and the individual member states with regard to national sovereignty. The European Union was established by the Maastricht treaty in 1993. It provides an economic and political union between 28 European countries which makes its own policies in regards to the members’ societies, laws, economies and to a certain extent security. The European Union embodies the key principles of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law as well as the values of equality, social solidarity, sustainable development and good governance (Knud 2013). There are many key articles within the EU including article three which states that it is the unions aim to promote peace the well being of there people and their values. Furthermore, article four highlights that in accordance with article five competences not conferred upon the unions remain with the member states. The EU institutions are responsible for employing over 40,000 people within the 28 member states. In addition, the European unions economy estimated at
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