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Britain in the European Union

Image of EU Member State flagsThe European Union (EU) is a unique partnership in which countries work closely together for the benefit of all their citizens. There are currently 27 EU member states with a total population of over 490 million.

"The European Union is essential to the success of Britain and a Britain fully engaged in Europe is essential to the success of the European Union."
- Prime Minister Gordon Brown

EU in the UK - case studies

EU case studies map What are the benefits to Britain's membership of the EU? One is the way that EU funding makes a positive difference to community projects and small businesses all about the UK. We tasked a camera crew to travel the country and talk to some of those that have received funds to build successful enterprises.

Why is the EU important?

There are many things European countries do best when they work together:

Read more about what the EU does and how it works in our Quick guide to the EU

Swedish EU Presidency 2009

From July to December 2009, Sweden will hold the Presidency of the European Union. Find out more here about the role of the EU Presidency, and Sweden's priorities for their Presidency:

Swedish EU Presidency 2009 website

What does the EU Presidency do?

European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009

2009 is the European Year of Creativity and Innovation. The aims of the yearare to promote creative thinking and innovation in all fields, and to foster personal, social and economic development. To find out about events taking place across Europe to mark the year, see the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009 website.

Britain in the European Union

Recent news and events

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General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC)
15/06/2009

Foreign Secretary David Miliband is in Luxembourg for the General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC) which takes place on 15-16 June.

Markos Kyprianou, Cypriot Foreign Minister, Crown Copyright

Ministers meet for talks on Cyprus
19/05/2009

The Foreign Secretary and the Minister for Europe met the Cypriot Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou on 19 May for talks on a range of issues.

Georgian Prime Minister visits the UK
14/05/2009

Minister for Europe Caroline Flint met the Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri on Thursday 14 May during his visit to the UK.



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