DEFINITION
European Union

"European Union": (EU). An economic and political union of 28 European member states. The current members are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The three areas which form the union are: The European Community; Common Foreign and Security Policy; and Police and Judicial co-operation in Criminal Matters. The legislature of the EU includes the European Parliament, the Council of European Union and the European Commission. The EU's judicial bodies are the European Court of Justice which includes the General Court and the Court of Auditors.
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