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Frequently Asked Questions


This website provides answers to the most frequently asked questions about the EU and the Presidency.

  • About the EU
    • How was the EU established?
    • What are the symbols of the EU?
    • What rights do citizens of the EU have?
    • Which countries are eligible to join the EU and how?
    • Which countries are members of the EU and when did they join?
    • What are the differences between the Council of Europe, the European Council and the Council of the EU?
    • What does "acquis communautaire" mean?
    • What is the Lisbon Strategy about?
  • About the presidency
    • What does it mean: "to preside over the European Union"?
    • What are the duties of the Presidency?
    • What are the goals of the presidency?
    • To what extent may the presiding country assert its own interests?
    • Which countries will preside over the EU in the coming years?
    • Can a member state renounce the Presidency because it is demanding or too costly?

The European Commission The link to the European Commission opens in a new window also offers a large database with questions and answers about the European Union, their institutions and much more.


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Date: 28.12.2007