There will be time for questions at the end.
Let’s start my presentation talking about the idea of formation of the European Union. A peaceful Europe – the beginnings of cooperation
The European Union is set up with the aim of ending the frequent and bloody wars between neighbours, which culminated in the Second World War. As of 1950, the European Coal and Steel Community begins to unite European countries economically and politically in order to secure lasting peace. The six founders are Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The first enlargement was on 1 January 1973 when Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom join the European Union. Nowadays, is an economic and political union or confederation of 27 member states.
The European flag The European flag consists of 12 golden stars in a circle on a blue background. The stars symbolise the ideals of unity, solidarity and harmony among the peoples of Europe. The number of stars has nothing to do with the number of member countries, though the circle is a symbol of unity. The European anthem The melody used to symbolize the EU comes from the Ninth Symphony composed in 1823 by Ludwig Van Beethoven, when he set music to the "Ode to Joy", Friedrich von Schiller's lyrical verse from 1785. The European anthem is not intended to replace the national anthems of the EU countries but rather to celebrate the values they share. Europe Day, 9 May The ideas behind the European Union were put forward on 9 May 1950 by the French foreign minister, Robert Schuman. This date is now celebrated as a key moment in the creation of the EU. Europe Day is the occasion for activities and festivities designed to bring the EU's institutions closer to the public and the bloc's peoples closer to one another. Let me move on to the following years
The ‘Sixties’ – a period of economic growth
The 1960s sees the...