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The EU/European Union describes a economical and political union of 28 States. With an estimated population of around 510 million the European Union policies aim to allow the free movement of people, goods and services. Within the internal market it aims to maintain common policies on agriculture, trade and more.

Members

The EU and European citizenship were established in 1933. With the inner original 6 being Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and West Germany. Although no member state has ever left, in 2016 the UK announced its intention to leave and has begun negotiating their departure for 2019.
More foreign aid is provided by the EU than any other economic union. Due to its Global influence and reach the Union has been described as an emerging superpower.

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Greece receives EU funding to become first member state to use solar power to...

As lithium-ion battery prices fall, Greece receives EUR 12.5 million in EU funding to become first member state to use solar power as a way of reducing power outages
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Advanced power electronics promotes the green transition in the Baltic Sea Region

The Interreg 5B project Power Electronics for Green Energy Efficiency (“Green PE”) helps companies in the BSR to transition towards more efficient products using next-generation power electronics.
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EU funds project to build world’s fastest supercomputer

EU industry ministers have launched a $1b project to build the world's fastest supercomputer by 2023 in an attempt to catch up with China, the US and Japan
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Mental Health Europe explores Europe’s ability to face challenges in mental health

Claudia Marinetti, Director from Mental Health Europe gauges if Europe can meet the emerging challenges around mental health.
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Lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet – costing the EU billions of euros and...

Professor Joep Perk, Former President of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (part of the European Society of Cardiology, ESC) and member of the ESC Advocacy Committee shares his views on the growing problem of cardiovascular disease and why public health measures are needed to tackle it effectively
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EU economy on the rise as incomes increase and unemployment rate falls

The economy of the European Union (EU) is currently doing quite well. We are most likely at the end of an expansionary phase of the business cycle, average incomes have risen above pre-crisis levels and the average unemployment rate of EU member states is down to 7% from almost 11% in 2013

Modernising and simplifying EU food safety policy

The work of European Commissioner for Health & Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis around modernising and simplifying EU food safety policy is investigated here by Open Access Government
space sector

How will Brexit impact the space sector?

Leyton Wells, ESPI research fellow at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) explores the issues around the space sector in light of the UK’s Brexit
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State-of-the-art technology for natural radioactivity removal in groundwater

Anna Goi, Senior Research Scientist at the Tallinn University of Technology turns our thoughts towards state-of-the-art technology for natural radioactivity removal in groundwater.
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President Duda signs amendment to help meet EU’s renewable energy targets

Sun Investment Group, which has a 15% share of the Polish solar market, sees presidential amendment to country’s green energy law as positive step towards Poland meeting its solar and other renewable energy targets by 2020
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The value-based public procurement nurse in Europe

Paul De Raeve, Secretary General of the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN) places the value-based public procurement nurse under the spotlight in Europe.
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Austria’s role in the European Research Area

Christian Naczinsky from the Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and Research explores the country’s role in the European Research Area.
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Blockchain supports nurses in the continuity of health and social care

Secretary General of the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN), Paul De Raeve explains how blockchain technology supports nurses in Europe where the continuity of health and care is concerned Blockchain has the potential to modify the way health and social data are traditionally collected, interpreted and connected, shifting from...
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Home Office toolkit supports EU settlement scheme

Employers, industry groups and community groups in the UK will be able to give EU citizens practical advice on how to apply for settled status with the help of a new Home Office toolkit.
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Blockchain in the European Union: How the European Parliament approaches DLTs

Eva Kaili, MEP, Rapporteur of the European Parliament of the Blockchain Resolution, explains her thoughts on blockchain technology in the European Union today
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Modernising health policy, building up knowledge and tackling preventable diseases

The work of Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health & Food Safety, with responsibility for modernising health policy, building up knowledge and tackling preventable diseases

Seb Dance

This page is dedicated to the prestige contributor Seb Dance, MEP at the European Parliament and contributed the following article - Can biofuels make Europe more sustainable?

Paul de Raeve

Paul de Raeve is the Secretary General for the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN).

Luca Jahier

Luca Jahier is the EESC President for the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

The European Union’s Single Market

The European Union has created a strong Single Market with all the laws and rules that come with it, it has created a common currency and has removed barriers and borders, but we are still far from having created the people’s union

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