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HISTORY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AND ITS ENLARGEMENT

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H ISTORY OF THE E UROPEAN U NION AND ITS ENLARGEMENT 2 FOUNDING COUNTRIES : Germany,

FOUNDING COUNTRIES:

Germany,

Belgium,

France,

Italy,

Luxemburg, Netherlands

In 1949, created the Council of Europe, by the nations of Eastern Europe, and this is the first step towards cooperation that these six founders wished to deepen. Such cooperation is a consequence of World War II and was intended to ensure that such carnage and destruction will not happen again.

The May 9, 1950 (Europe Day), Robert Schuman presented a plan for further cooperation. The April

18, 1951, and based on the plan presented by

Robert Schuman, six countries (Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands) signed a treaty that aimed to put their heavy industries of coal and steel under a common authority (ECSC).

From this date no member country can produce

weapons of war to turn against each other, as in the

past.

Having regard to the success of the treated coal and steel, the six countries have

continued their cooperation in extending this to other economic sectors, by signing the

Treaty of Rome (March 25, 1957), thus creating the European Economic Community (EEC) or "common market", whose aim is the free movement of persons, goods and services between Member States.

HISTORY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AND ITS ENLARGEMENT

H ISTORY OF THE E UROPEAN U NION AND ITS ENLARGEMENT In August 1961, the communist

In August 1961, the communist authorities in East Germany build a wall in Berlin to keep the population flee to West in search of freedom. Some manage to escape, but others are killed trying to flee.

The July 30, 1962, it launched the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which gives Member States the common control of food production and agricultural prices are uniform in the Community.

The EEC signed the July 20, 1963 his first major

international agreement for assistance to former African

colonies, since leading the efforts of development assistance to the poorest countries.

The July 1, 1968 there is the abolition of tariffs between the six member states, thus creating conditions for free

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H ISTORY OF THE E UROPEAN U NION AND ITS ENLARGEMENT In August 1961, the communist

1ST ENLARGEMENT:

Denmark, Ireland, UK

trade exists.

In 1970, in order to create monetary stability, the EEC decided to limit the margin of fluctuation between their currencies, creating a single currency (the euro) would be released years later.

The January 1,

1973,

the

six

countries

join

three

(Denmark, Ireland, United Kingdom), thus giving the first

enlargement.

HISTORY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AND ITS ENLARGEMENT

H ISTORY OF THE E UROPEAN U NION AND ITS ENLARGEMENT The fall of the Salazar

The fall of the Salazar regime in Portugal in 1974 and

the death of General Franco in Spain in 1975 put an

end to the latest right-wing dictatorships in Europe. The two countries are committed to the establishment of democratic governments, which is an important step towards membership.

H ISTORY OF THE E UROPEAN U NION AND ITS ENLARGEMENT The fall of the Salazar

3RD ENLARGEMENT: Spain, Portugal

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H ISTORY OF THE E UROPEAN U NION AND ITS ENLARGEMENT The fall of the Salazar

2ND ENLARGEMENT: Greece

   
 

The January 1, 1981, the number of community

 

members is 10, with the accession of Greece, who

 

could join after the collapse of his military regime and the restoration of democracy in 1974.

The January 1, 1986, Spain and Portugal join the

EEC,

which

increases

to

12

the

number of its

members.

 

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5 H ISTORY OF THE E UROPEAN U NION AND ITS ENLARGEMENT Despite the abolition of
5 H ISTORY OF THE E UROPEAN U NION AND ITS ENLARGEMENT Despite the abolition of

Despite the abolition of customs duties in 1968, there remain obstacles to free trade within the Community. These are mainly from differences between national laws, the Single European Act signed in 1986, provides for eliminating. The Single Act also increases the influence of Parliament and strengthen the powers of the EEC on the environment.

The

fall

of

the

Berlin

Wall

in

1989

symbolized

the

collapse of communism in Central and Eastern Europe, which began in Poland and Hungary. It is the reunification of Germany after more than 40 years of separation and eastern part of the EEC in October 1990.

The February 7, 1992 is signed the Treaty on European Union at Maastricht. The EEC exceeds a major step by

establishing clear rules for the future single currency,

foreign policy and security and cooperation in justice and home affairs. The "European Community" is formally

replaced by "European Union".

FALL OF BERLIN WALL

4TH EXTENSION

JANUARY 1, 1993

Creating a single market and its four freedoms becomes a reality from January 1, 1993, where they move freely to the goods, services, people and capital.

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6 H ISTORY OF THE E UROPEAN U NION AND ITS ENLARGEMENT Austria, Finland and Sweden

Austria, Finland and Sweden join the EU on 1 January 1995. The 15 Member States

now cover almost all of Western Europe. The Schengen Agreement came into force on 26

March 1995, seven Member States: Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Portugal. Travelers of all nationalities, can travel to these countries without identity checks at borders.

Other countries later joined the Schengen area.

The signing of the Treaty of Amsterdam (June 17, 1997) is based on achievement of the Maastricht Treaty. Includes provisions to reform the European institutions to give more weight to Europe in the

world and devote more resources to employment and the rights of citizens. EU leaders agree to start accession negotiations with 10 countries of Central and Eastern Europe:

Bulgaria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Hungary,

Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic and Romania. Addition to these countries, the Mediterranean islands of Cyprus and Malta. In 2000, the Treaty of Nice opened the way for

enlargement, to overhaul the EU rules on voting.

6 H ISTORY OF THE E UROPEAN U NION AND ITS ENLARGEMENT Austria, Finland and Sweden

5TH ENLARGEMENT:

Austria, Finland, Sweden

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7 H ISTORY OF THE E UROPEAN U NION AND ITS ENLARGEMENT The January 1, 1999,
7 H ISTORY OF THE E UROPEAN U NION AND ITS ENLARGEMENT The January 1, 1999,
7 H ISTORY OF THE E UROPEAN U NION AND ITS ENLARGEMENT The January 1, 1999,

The January 1, 1999, eleven countries (that Greece would join in 2001) adopting the euro only for their commercial and financial transactions. The coins and banknotes will be introduced later. The

eurozone countries are: Austria, Belgium, Finland,

France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Portugal.

The introduction of euro notes and coins takes

place at 1 January 2002, whose printing, minting

and distribution involved a major logistical operation. More than 80 billion coins and banknotes are put into circulation. The notes are the same in all countries, but coins have one common face with an indication of value, and a face with a national symbol.

May 1, 2004, eight countries

in Central and

Eastern Europe (Estonia, Slovakia, Slovenia,

Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovenia) join the EU, as well as Cyprus and Malta.

6TH ENLARGEMENT:

Cyprus,

Slovakia,

Slovenia,

Estonia,

Hungary,

Latvia,

Lithuania,

Malta,

Poland,Czech Republic

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8 H ISTORY OF THE E UROPEAN U NION AND ITS ENLARGEMENT The 25 Member States

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The 25 Member States sign a treaty on 29 October 2004 establishing a Constitution for Europe in order to simplify the decision process and functioning of a democratic Europe with 25

members and more. The Treaty, which includes a

new post of European Minister of Foreign Affairs, will only enter into force if ratified by all 25 Member States. Enter into force in February 2005, the Kyoto

Protocol, an international treaty to limit global

warming and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. The January 1, 2007, two more Eastern European countries, Bulgaria and Romania join the EU,

bringing the number of Member States to 27

8 H ISTORY OF THE E UROPEAN U NION AND ITS ENLARGEMENT The 25 Member States
8 H ISTORY OF THE E UROPEAN U NION AND ITS ENLARGEMENT The 25 Member States

6TH ENLARGEMENT:

Bulgaria and Romania

The 27 EU Member States signed the Treaty of Lisbon on 13 December 2007, amending previous treaties. Its aim is to increase the democracy, effectiveness and transparency of the EU and thus make it capable of facing global challenges such as climate change, security and sustainable development. Before its entry into force, the Treaty of Lisbon should be ratified by each of the 27 Member States.

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HISTORY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AND ITS ENLARGEMENT

9 H ISTORY OF THE E UROPEAN U NION AND ITS ENLARGEMENT A policy of gradual
9 H ISTORY OF THE E UROPEAN U NION AND ITS ENLARGEMENT A policy of gradual

A policy of gradual and carefully managed enlargement is of fundamental

interest to the EU. Future enlargements will concern the countries of Southeast

Europe.These countries are at different stages on their road towards the EU. Croatia and Turkey are candidate countries which have started accession

negotiations on 3 October 2005. In December 2005 the European Council

granted the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia the candidate status, the accession negotiations have not started.

All other Western Balkan countries are potential candidate countries:

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro including Kosovo under Resolution 1244 Security Council of the United Nations. The EU has

repeatedly reaffirmed at the highest level its commitment for eventual EU

accession of Western Balkan countries, provided they meet the membership criteria.

Iceland submitted a request in the July 23, 2009.

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BENEFITS

10 B ENEFITS The benefits of EU enlargement have political, economic and cultural contexts; • The

The benefits of EU enlargement have political, economic and cultural contexts;

The enlargement of the zone of peace, prosperity and stability in Europe will provide better security to the population.

The increase for the European market of over 100 million people in fast growing economies, boost economic growth and employment and the current Member States or candidate countries.

Is there a better quality of life for the citizens of Europe, as candidate countries

to adopt European standards of environmental protection and the fight against crime, drugs and illegal immigration.

The new member states will enrich the EU for increased cultural diversity, exchange of ideas and improve knowledge and understanding between

peoples.

The enlargement will strengthen the EU position in world affairs, as regards foreign policy, security, trade etc..

11 IMPACT OF ENLARGEMENT FOR PORTUGAL
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IMPACT OF ENLARGEMENT FOR PORTUGAL

ADVANTAGES

New opportunities for business and for economic and financial groups;

Export and investment opportunities in new markets;

The fact that these countries were emerging economies will enhance the

attractive conditions for Portuguese investment in these countries; Free movement of workers - flows;

Prospects for a major increase in trade in products and services.

Low wages are our main competitive factor with the disadvantage that in Portugal the manpower is not as high educational qualifications; Allowed the strengthening of democracy and political stability and society in general.

12 IMPACT OF ENLARGEMENT FOR PORTUGAL DIFFICULTIES
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IMPACT OF ENLARGEMENT FOR PORTUGAL
DIFFICULTIES

Migratory movements;

Increased competition in the economy domestic and foreign markets, including competition

with labor-national work; Relocation of enterprises and investment (including foreign direct investment);

Loss of power and political influence in the European Union;

Worsening of the position;

Increase in commercial competition;

Divert investment flows;

Reduction in the intensity of Community grants;

Potential effects on competitiveness and competition between companies;

Fears about a transfer of existing EU financial aid to other countries and regions;

Movement of foreign direct investment and multinational enterprises.

ACTION NEEDED

• Entrepreneurs with initiative and support the internationalization Taking all the benefits of the enlargement of
Entrepreneurs with initiative and support the internationalization
Taking all the benefits of the enlargement of the market
Maintaining the connection with a major investment in the candidate countries, notably in
infrastructure (environment and transport as priority areas) and technical assistance;
Enjoy the whole experience that Portugal is in services (banking, insurance) are important for
these countries
• Modernize and improve the competitiveness of productive sectors, increasing the export
capacity.
13 IMPACT OF ENLARGEMENT FOR ROMANIA AND BULGARIA The accession of ten new Member States in
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IMPACT OF ENLARGEMENT FOR ROMANIA AND BULGARIA
The accession of ten new Member States in May 2004 was the biggest ever
enlargement of the European Union.
The inclusion of Bulgaria and Romania will supplement the integration process,
rewarding the efforts of the European Union to promote peace, democracy and

prosperity across Europe.

As with previous enlargements, to meet all the criteria required for accession, Bulgaria and Romania had to perform a process of significant reform and modernization. In congratulating the people and the leaders of both countries for their historic achievement, the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso announced that measures will be taken of special monitoring following the accession of Bulgaria and Romania. These measures will exert some supervision in certain areas it was found that some efforts are still needed. Measures will be taken to control, particularly in the areas of judiciary reform, fight against corruption and organized

crime, expenditure on agriculture and food safety.

In response to questions and concerns of European citizens posed by present and future enlargements, the Commission adopted on 8 November 2006, a strategy for the policy of EU enlargement. The studies of effective impact of benchmarking activities and other concrete measures allow the EU to better assess the impact of

adhesions. The Commission also recognized the need to listen more carefully to

citizens and to assist Member States with regard to communication and dialogue with civil society.

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MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA

14 M EMBERSHIP C RITERIA Any European country which respects the principles of liberty, democracy, respect

Any European country which respects the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and the rule of law of the European Union can apply to join the European Union. The Treaty on European Union concerning their conditions (Article 6, Article 49).

The official starting

point is the request by a country,

usually

as

a

result of

strong bilateral relations between that country and the European Union. A valid

application triggers a sequence of evaluation procedures by the European Union

which may ultimately result in the presentation of an invitation to the country to

become a member. The pace with which each country moves depends solely on its own progress in achieving common objectives.

The country presented its application for accession to the Council. The

European Commission gives its formal opinion on the candidate and the Council

decides whether to accept the application. After the unanimous adoption of a negotiating mandate by the Council, may be given official start to the negotiations between the candidate and all Member States. But this is not an automatic step. Before the start of negotiations, the candidate must meet a set of

criteria.

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MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA

15 M EMBERSHIP C RITERIA So-called 'Copenhagen criteria', established in December 1993 by the European Council

So-called 'Copenhagen criteria', established in December 1993 by the European

Council in Copenhagen, require that the country has:

stable institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights and respect for minority rights and protection thereof; a fully functioning market economy and capacity to cope with competitive pressure and market forces within the Union; ability to assume the obligations of the status of a Member State of the European Union, including adherence to the aims of political, economic and monetary union.

In 1995 the Madrid European Council still needed that the candidate should be in a

situation that allows it to enforce regulations and procedures of the European Union.

Membership also requires the prior creation by the candidate with the conditions for its integration through the adjustment of their administrative structures. Although the

transposition of EU law into national law is important, its effective implementation

through appropriate administrative and judicial structures is even more important. This

is a prerequisite for establishing a climate of mutual trust essential to the process of EU

accession. Furthermore, the European Union must integrate its new members, needing to ensure that its institutions and decision processes continue to function effectively and responsibly; to be in a position, as it grows, continue to develop and implementing

common policies in all areas, and can continue to finance its policies in a sustainable

manner.

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