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The European UNION
1. The European UNION
2. The European day of languagesThe European Union (EU) is a unique economic and
political union of 27 member states which are
located primarily in Europe. Its capital is de facto
The European Union was formally established when the
Maastricht Treaty into force on 1 November 1993, and in
1995 Austria, Finland and Sweden joined the newly
3. European characters1.
The flag of Europe. It is the symbol not only of the European
Union, but also a symbol of unity of the countries of Europe
and its individual basis in a broad sense. A circle of gold
stars represents solidarity and harmony between the
peoples of Europe.The number of stars is in no way linked
with a number of EU member States. The flag depicts the
twelve stars, because the number «twelve» is traditionally
considered to be a symbol of perfection, completeness and
unity. For this reason, the flag remains unchanged
regardless of the enlargement of the EU.
4. 2. «Ode to joy»In the broadest sense - the anthem not only of the European
Union, but also the whole of Europe. The music of the
anthem is taken from the Ninth Symphony by Ludwig van
Beethoven wrote in 1823.
In the final part of his symphonies of Beethoven put to the
music of «Ode to joy» written in 1785 by Friedrich von
Schiller. This verse expressed idealistic views Schiller on
brotherly relations between all the representatives of the
human race - the views, which were shared by Beethoven.
In 1985, the national anthem was approved by the
presidents and heads of governments of the EU countries as
the official anthem of the European Union. This song is not
intended to replace existing national anthems of the
countries-members of the EU, rather it is a statement of
shared values and their unity in the diversity of national
5. «Unity in diversity»is the motto of the European Union.
The motto means that, due to the PLAYS of the
inhabitants of the European countries are United in
cooperation for the sake of peace and prosperity, and
numerous cultures, traditions and languages of the
European States is an invaluable asset of this continent.
6. May 9, Europe dayMay 9, Europe day.
9 may 1950, Robert Schuman proposed the creation of a joint
Europe to establish peaceful relations on the continent. Of
this proposal, which has received the name «the Declaration
of the Schumann», takes the beginning of the process of
unification, which culminated in the creation of the
Today, may 9 was yet another European symbol (the Day of
Europe), which, along with the flag, the anthem, the motto
and the single currency (the Euro) expresses the political
entity of the European Union. On the day of Europe
activities and holidays, which strengthen the unity of
Europe and its citizens and bring together people of the EU
7. Member state of the European UnionAustria