European Union
n.
A union of European countries that exists to create uniform economic, judicial, and security policies throughout Europe.
abbrv.
EU

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


European Union
(EU) the economic and political grouping that came into effect in 1993 and resulted from the European Union Treaty, an important treaty signed at Maastricht on 7 February 1992. It amended the European Economic Community (EEC) Treaty, indeed, renaming it the European Community. As the other two communities, Euratom and the European Coal and Steel Community, still exist, although affected by the Merger Treaty, the resulting mass grouping of all three may be called the European Communities or the European Union. It created a common foreign policy. It provided for judicial and police cooperation. It created a European Monetary Institute. It amended EEC Treaty to provide for Union citizenship, subsidiarity, a Community ombudsman, a Committee of the Regions and coordination of member states' economic policies. Other areas of new activity were agreed. One of the major aspects of the EU Treaty was to move the Community closer to Economic and Monetary Union. The UK was not agreeable to this commitment and others, so a so-called opt-out was negotiated, formally recorded in Protocol 11. If it does exercise the opt-out, it will no longer be able to participate in a number of important decision-making processes. The UK also originally opted out of the Social Chapter provisions of Protocol 14. The provisions of the original Social Chapter were replaced by a new provision in the Amsterdam Treaty (effective May 1999), meaning that the UK then accepted the new Social Chapter.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


European Union
European Union (EU)
An economic and political confederation of European nations which share a common foreign and security policy and co-operate on justice and home affairs. The EU was created on 1 November 1993 by the Treaty for European Union, commonly known as the Maastricht Treaty. The 27 member states of the EU are currently: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
For further information, see the Europa website: .
European Union
An economic and political confederation of European nations which share a common foreign and security policy and co-operate on justice and home affairs. The EU was created on 1 November 1993 by the Treaty on European Union (formerly known as the Maastricht Treaty). Following amendments made by the Lisbon Treaty, the EU now has a single legal personality allowing it to enter into international agreements. From 1 December 2009, the EU replaces and succeeds the European Community (EC).
The 27 member states of the EU are currently: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
For further information, see Practice note, The European Union after the Treaty of Lisbon.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

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