They also agree joint control over food production, so that everybody now has enough to eat - and soon there is even surplus agricultural produce. A new security policy is established in the wake of the annexation of Crimea by Russia. In the Single European Act is signed. The Treaty of Lisbon is ratified by all EU countries before entering into force in However, every EU country had to ratify the constitution - through national parliament or public referendum - before it could take effect.
Sensing a need for leadership, in June the European Union authorities unveiled their own vision for a future that gave them much greater power, including a European treasury with control over national budgets.
France and Germany sought eurozone tax harmonisation, while Britain demanded safeguards for its own financial sector. Mr Van Rompuy was elected for a two-and-a-half-year term, to replace a six-monthly rotating presidency and usher in a redistribution of power among the Commission, Parliament and Council.
Parliament will be put on an equal footing with the Council for most issues, including the crucial areas of the budget and agriculture, under a system dubbed the "co-decision".
Denmark, Sweden and the UK chose not to join. Fears were expressed in some quarters that established EU members would see a huge influx of immigrants from former communist states seeking better job and benefit prospects.
Monetary travails The single European currency, the euro, was officially adopted by 11 member states in As ofthe European Coal and Steel Community begins to unite European countries economically and politically in order to secure lasting peace.
Climate change is still high on the agenda and leaders agree to reduce harmful emissions. Most European leaders acknowledged that the main substance of the constitution would be preserved, but they argued that Lisbon simply amended previous European treaties, rather than marking any fundamental new shift in powers.
This leads to the reunification of Germany, when both East and West Germany are united in October In January they banned imports of Iranian oil in a major step against the Tehran authorities.
Some also argued that the EU decision-making process would become bogged down as the number of countries round the table increased.
The year saw the debt crisis worsen in Greece and Spain, while the election of a Socialist government in France left Germany isolated as the chief advocate of austerity within the eurozone.
A financial crisis hits the global economy in September How will euro crisis end? However, it was thrown into turmoil in June after voters in Ireland - the only country to hold a referendum on it - delivered a resounding "no" vote.
In the EU gains three more new members: The EU is not only faced with the dilemma of how to take care of them, but also finds itself the target of several terrorist attacks. There is major political upheaval when, on 9 Novemberthe Berlin Wall is pulled down and the border between East and West Germany is opened for the first time in 28 years.
Public policy and investment, in partnership with the private sector, are therefore necessary to boost the development and deployment of low-carbon technologies for the future.
Protests in Hungary against the Communist regime are put down by Soviet tanks in Cities using technological solutions to improve the management and efficiency of the urban environment. It also laid down penalties for members failing to control budget deficits. By the end of the summer the indebtedness of Spain, Italy and Cyprus was also becoming a cause for concern.
Crucially, Maastricht established the timetable for economic and monetary union and specified the economic and budgetary criteria which would determine when countries were ready to join.The European Union (EU) is a unification of 27 member states united to create a political and economic community throughout Europe.
Though the idea of the EU might sound simple at the outset, the European Union has a rich history and a unique organization, both of which aid in its current success.
The European Union developed in a series of steps over four decades, leading to its creation in The History of the European Union. Search the site GO. History & Culture.
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