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EU info point
EU info point

This thread contains links to documents, sources and information about the EU to support evidence-based debate and help us all get more active and engaged.

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This thread is about lists of sources of information. If you want to discuss the contents of these sources, please do so on other threads.
EU treaties

Treaty establishing the European Coal and Steel Community (1951)
This Treaty established the first foundations of what was to become the EU. Note that the founding members (Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) based already this first cooperation on shared values - for relevant quotes see PierrotLunaire's post:

The Treaty of Rome = Treaty establishing the European Economic Community (1957)
The Treaty of Rome established the EEC, which is now the EU. The six founding members were Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. This Treaty too was based on shared values - see Ajda's post for relevant quotes:


EU treaties currently in force:

Treaty on European Union TEU (consolidated version 2016)
TEU originates from the Maastricht Treaty (1993) which established the European Union and was amended (updated) by the Lisbon Treaty in 2009.

Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union TFEU (consolidated version 2016)
TFEU originates from the Treaty of Rome (1957) and was amended (updated) by the Lisbon Treaty in 2009.

Note: The above two links lead to consolidated (= updated with inserted amendments) versions of the treaties.
When the term 'EU treaties' is used, it refers to the two primary EU treaties (= the supreme law of the EU): the TEU and the TFEU.

Here is a link to both TEU and TFEU (consolidated version 2016) - if you want to search both documents together:

Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (2016)
The Charter enshrines into EU law political, social, and economic rights of EU citizens and residents of the EU.


This database contains official versions of EU legislation: EUR-Lex

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The Future of Europe (public debate)

Background: On 1 March 2017 (in the run-up to celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome), the European Commission launched the White Paper on the Future of Europe with Juncker’s presentation in the European Parliament. The next day, the EU27-wide public debate about the future of our EU started with a citizens' dialogue in Ljubljana, Slovenia. By the end of June 2017, the five reflection papers (on social cohesion, globalisation, monetary union, EU defence and EU finances) which provide further materials for the debate were published. 

Bratislava Declaration and Roadmap (16 September 2016)
During their summit in Bratislava, the 27 PMs/presidents adopted the Roadmap which serves as the framework for debates and activities about the future of EU.


White paper on the future of Europe and the way forward   Exclamation
Reflections and scenarios for the EU27
The link goes to the main EU webpage with materials about the future of EU.

White paper on the future of Europe (1 March 2017)

Five reflection papers
Factsheets on the White paper on the future of Europe  Exclamation
These factsheets contain summaries of the white paper and the reflection papers.

You can send your comments about the future of the EU directly to the European Commission from this webpage:


Events and debates

There are many events across the EU27 discussing the future of the EU at all levels, from the EU institutions to national parliaments and debates with the citizens (many with participation of the Commissioners, MEPs etc.). Check your national websites for information about past and upcoming events.

Videos of debates with the Commissioners in different countries

Debate on the future of Europe (from Debating Europe)
Liveblogs, infographics, posts, a series of citizens’ dialogues with European Commissioners held across Europe etc.

Debates of the European Parliament with PMs/presidents of EU members

Briefing paper of the European Parliament about debates with PMs/presidents (June 2018)
Includes announcement of upcoming debates until the end of 2018 - see graphics on page 1.



Implementing the Bratislava Roadmap (October 2017)
This is a summary report about implementation of the objectives of the Bratislava Roadmap one year after adoption.

More coming soon...

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Citizens' participation

Participation mechanisms

Public consultations
The European Commission is  running consultations about many of EU policies, at several stages of the legislative procedure. The people as well as other stakeholders (governments, organisations, businesses, NGOs etc.) can contribute feedback. Upcoming consultations are announced in advance.

Citizens' initiatives
A democratic tool for the people to propose concrete changes to EU legislation.


Public opinion

Eurobarometer surveys
EB surveys regularly examine the public opinion across the EU members to inform the EU policies, thus providing feedback from the people. The Standard EB surveys are run every six months, where a standard set of questions allows for following the trends in public opinion. There are also Special EB surveys over specific issues, and Flash EB surveys. The EB runs a large survey also on issues of specific interest to the European Parliament at mid-term. Full results of EB surveys are publicly available.

More coming soon...

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Educational materials about EU


The European Commission explained (5 min)

How does the EU pass new laws? (5 min)

Several educational videos about EU (from Ciceroni) - see the list of videos on the right

EU info centres (Europe Direct Information Centres EDICs)

There are in total over 500 EU info centres (Europe Direct Information Centres EDICs) across the EU members providing EU info to the local communities - general info, also for children (e.g. free brochures), to businesses (about trade with other EU members, applying for EU funds), NGOs etc. They also help the people to organise debates and other events about the EU issues etc. These info centres are EU-funded.

You can find locations of EDICs in all 28 EU members here:

Contact points in your country

Info brochures

You can download info brochures about the EU here:

EU publications

European Council publications

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EU elections 2019
23-26 May

This time I’m voting  Shy


Get involved: This time I'm voting - European elections
This time it's not enough to just hope for a better future: this time we all need to take responsibility for it. So this time we're not just asking you to vote, we're also asking you to help to persuade others to vote too. Because when everybody votes, everybody wins.


At Debate Uncensored

EU elections 2019
The above thread contains news updates and debate about the EU elections. Join the debate.


Information from the European Parliament

European Elections 2019  Exclamation
Check the links at the bottom of the page.

An interesting graphic showing an overview of national election rules:

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Key dates:

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Lead candidates and the election of the European Commission (20 Aug 2018)   
The Spitzenkandidat (lead candidate) process, first used in the 2014 European elections, gives European citizens a say on candidates for EU Commission President.

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State of the Union 2018

Juncker gave his State of the Union speech on 12 September 2018. Here are the materials:

Juncker's State of the Union speech
text (14 pages)
video (54 min)
You can choose the translation language below the video.

SOTU debate in the European Parliament
Here are videos from the SOTU debate:

State of the Union 2018 brochure (136 pages)
The brochure contains the Commission's annual report to the European Parliament.

European Commission's SOTU 2018 webpage (with additional links to materials)

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Frequently discussed topics (budget, CAP)

Common agricultural policy (CAP)

CAP after 2013 reform

The last CAP reform was in 2013 - here is some information about the current CAP framework:

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CAP after 2020 - the reform in the pipeline

Currently a new CAP reform is in the making - here are some materials about it:

Future of the common agricultural policy
Basic information about the CAP reform, also contains links to more detailed information

The CAP after 2020 - factsheet (June 2018)
The objectives of the CAP reform explained

Towards a post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (April 2018)
European Parliament's explanation which also provides information about procedures involved in formulating and adopting the new CAP reform

The 2017 public consultation on CAP reform

Consultation on modernising and simplifying the common agricultural policy (CAP)
Public consultation informing preparation of proposals for CAP reform. The webpage contains several reports about the results of the public consultation.

Highlights from the public consultation
Summary of results on 4 pages.

Summary of the results of the public consultation (July 2017)
A more detailed report about the consultation - 320 pages.


Discussion about CAP at Debate Uncencored

EU budget (including MFF 2021-2027), the CAP and other funding issues

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Other sources of information

Euromyths A-Z  Exclamation
This web page debunks a number of myths about the EU (many of which are perpetuated by the UK media). Curved bananas anyone?

More coming soon...

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Your comments, corrections and suggestions

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