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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
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 <https://www.helsinki.fi/~aunesluo/eueng.html>
A Quick guide to EU legislation which delves deeper into the basic
concepts about what different kinds of EU laws actually exist and how they
come into being, before the FAQ expands on the Institutions themselves.
Therefore, we put it
in the General Questions part.
Information about the European Court of Justice has expanded considerably
thanks to a major contribution by Fran?ois
Thunus. For now the
Court's section still lives in the «Other EU Institutions» file, but
it may soon qualify for its own if more information keeps getting added...
At the instigation of Alan
Fraser Reekie, we have added a major part about the changes that the
EU is expected to go through or at least pursue in 1996 and after. There
is now some information about the IGC or Intergovernmental Conference that
will start in Torino on March 29, and a summary of the conlusions of the
«Reflection Group» that has prepared its agenda.
Table of Contents
Edited by Roland Siebelink
& Bart Schelfhout
corrections and suggestions welcome.