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Version 2.3.1 of 25 March 1996. Posted regularly to talk.politics.european-union, eunet.politics,, news.answers and other newsgroups. See «About this list» in the last part of this list for ways to retrieve the most recent version.

This file contains a list of basic questions and answers about the European Union, edited by Roland Siebelink <[email protected]> with the help from Bart Schelfhout. The web space from which these files are served are provided courtesy of Allmansland/De Schutter Digital Media , the company I work for. However, I am the only person responsible for the contents of this list, either as writer or as editor of contributions sent to me. Therefore, information mentioned in this file does not necessarily reflect the opinion of my company. Also, there is no official relationship whatsoever with the European Commission, the European Parliament or any other official or unofficial European institution.

Please note that although I try to ensure that everything mentioned in this file is correct or, alternatively, clearly labeled as a personal opinion or note from me or one of the contributors, there is no guarantee as to the accurateness let alone objectivity of this file. If you think information is incorrect or missing, send me corrections/additions/comments and I will include them and your name in this list.

What's new in this version?

Since the major update of last year, a number of bigger and smaller changes have been made (well, a lot has happened since then!). Many details have been corrected thanks to the help of many contributors from all over Europe and abroad, and many political parties with seats in the European Parliament have set up their own web pages.

In addition, three major sections have been added in these last months:

Readers who have seen one of the 1.x versions but have missed out on any versions published since 20 March 1995 may look for references to other European political resources on the Internet. These have been removed from this FAQ, as there is now a much better alternative written by Antero Aunesluoma of the University of Helsinki. The URL is <> »

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Edited by Roland Siebelink & Bart Schelfhout
corrections and suggestions welcome.