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The European Union is a partnership of 27 countries.  Britain has been a member of the EU since 1973.

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The EU Bill

Find out more about the EU Bill which was presented to Parliament on 11 November 2010.

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The Minister for Europe's blog

Find out more about the day to day work of David Lidington by watching his video blog.

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Apply now for an EU career

Registration is now open for this year’s EU Civil Service selection procedure.

The closing date is 14 April. Find out how to launch your EU Career!

How the European Union works

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Here you'll find an overview of how the different EU institutions work together.

The EU Bill

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The EU Bill was introduced to Parliament on 11 November 2010. Find out more about the Bill here.

Britain's relationship with the European Union

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The British coalition Government has pledged to be 'active and activist' in Europe, whilst protecting British interests. Find out more about what this means

Active in Europe

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The Foreign Secretary and Minister for Europe meet frequently with EU partners. Find out more using our interactive map.

Getting you into the EU

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The British Government is committed to boosting the numbers of British citizens working for the European Union. Read on to see opportunities available.

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