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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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EU treaties


Treaty establishing the European Coal and Steel Community (1951)
https://www.cvce.eu/en/obj/treaty_establ...8cd58.html
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:
http://debateuncensored.co.uk/showthread...22#pid1422

The Treaty of Rome = Treaty establishing the European Economic Community (1957)
http://www.gleichstellung.uni-freiburg.d...ty-of-rome
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:
http://debateuncensored.co.uk/showthread...92#pid1392

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EU treaties currently in force:

Treaty on European Union TEU (consolidated version 2016)
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/...12016M/TXT
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)
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/...12016E/TXT
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:
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/...N.01004701


Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (2016)
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/...12016P/TXT
The Charter enshrines into EU law political, social, and economic rights of EU citizens and residents of the EU.

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This database contains official versions of EU legislation: EUR-Lex https://eur-lex.europa.eu/homepage.html


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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)
https://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/21...apen16.pdf
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.

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White paper on the future of Europe and the way forward   Exclamation
Reflections and scenarios for the EU27
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/white-pa...os-eu27_en
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) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/be...ope_en.pdf

Five reflection papers
Factsheets on the White paper on the future of Europe  Exclamation
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/publicat...-europe_en
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:
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/white-pa...-europe_en

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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
https://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/vi...nthes=1188

Debate on the future of Europe (from Debating Europe)
https://www.debatingeurope.eu/dialogue/d...6oR-3szb4Y
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
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/he...ies/future

Briefing paper of the European Parliament about debates with PMs/presidents (June 2018)
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/et...538_EN.pdf
Includes announcement of upcoming debates until the end of 2018 - see graphics on page 1.

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Reports

Implementing the Bratislava Roadmap (October 2017)
https://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/21...report.pdf
This is a summary report about implementation of the objectives of the Bratislava Roadmap one year after adoption.


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Citizens' participation


Participation mechanisms

Public consultations
https://ec.europa.eu/info/consultations_en
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
http://ec.europa.eu/citizens-initiative/...open?lg=en
A democratic tool for the people to propose concrete changes to EU legislation.

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Public opinion

Eurobarometer surveys
http://ec.europa.eu/commfrontoffice/publ.../index.cfm
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.


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Educational materials about EU


Videos

The European Commission explained (5 min)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mE1rnOi8AFc

How does the EU pass new laws? (5 min)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C0Kq7ioOpk

Several educational videos about EU (from Ciceroni) - see the list of videos on the right
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_BOd5lG...-O&index=1


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
https://europa.eu/european-union/contact/meet-us_en


Info brochures

You can download info brochures about the EU here:

EU publications
https://publications.europa.eu/en/web/ge...blications

European Council publications
https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/docum...lications/


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EU elections 2019
23-26 May


This time I’m voting  Shy 
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/pr...i-m-voting

#thistimeimvoting
https://twitter.com/hashtag/thistimeimvoting?lang=en

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.
https://www.thistimeimvoting.eu/

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At Debate Uncensored

EU elections 2019
http://debateuncensored.co.uk/showthread.php?tid=4
The above thread contains news updates and debate about the EU elections. Join the debate.

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Information from the European Parliament


European Elections 2019  Exclamation  
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/pr...-press-kit
Check the links at the bottom of the page.


An interesting graphic showing an overview of national election rules:

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Image URL (larger version): http://www.europarl.europa.eu/resources/...iginal.png

Key dates:

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Image URL (larger version): http://www.europarl.europa.eu/resources/...iginal.jpg


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.
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/pr...candidates

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Image URL (larger version): 
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/resources/...iginal.jpg


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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)
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/be...h_en_0.pdf
video (54 min)
https://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/pl...g=en&lg=EN
You can choose the translation language below the video.

SOTU debate in the European Parliament
Here are videos from the SOTU debate:
https://ec.europa.eu/avservices/ebs/sche...on#s413462

State of the Union 2018 brochure (136 pages)
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/be...ure_en.pdf
The brochure contains the Commission's annual report to the European Parliament.

European Commission's SOTU 2018 webpage (with additional links to materials)
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/prioriti...on-2018_en


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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
https://ec.europa.eu/info/food-farming-f...ure-cap_en
Basic information about the CAP reform, also contains links to more detailed information

The CAP after 2020 - factsheet (June 2018)
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/be...cap_en.pdf
The objectives of the CAP reform explained

Towards a post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (April 2018)
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/factsheets...ral-policy
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)
https://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/consult...ng/2017_en
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
https://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/sites/a...sul_en.pdf
Summary of results on 4 pages.

Summary of the results of the public consultation (July 2017)
https://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/sites/a...consul.pdf
A more detailed report about the consultation - 320 pages.

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Discussion about CAP at Debate Uncencored

EU budget (including MFF 2021-2027), the CAP and other funding issues
http://debateuncensored.co.uk/showthread.php?tid=73


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Other sources of information


Euromyths A-Z  Exclamation  
https://blogs.ec.europa.eu/ECintheUK/eur...a-z-index/
This web page debunks a number of myths about the EU (many of which are perpetuated by the UK media). Curved bananas anyone?


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Your comments, corrections and suggestions

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