What is the EU?
The European Union is a unique economic and political partnership between 27 European countries that together cover much of the continent. The EU was created in the aftermath of the Second World War. The first step was to foster economic cooperation: the idea being that countries who trade with one another become economically interdependent and so more likely to avoid conflict. The result was the European Economic Community (EEC), created in 1958, and initially increasing economic cooperation between six countries: Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Since then, a huge single market has been created and continues to develop towards its full potential.
European Youth Portal
European Youth Portal - A gateway to citizenship and mobility for young people in Europe. The European Youth Portal offers European and national information of interest to young people who are living, learning and working in Europe. The portal gives information on 8 main themes, covers 31 countries and is available in 25 languages. The portal allows young people to have their views heard - through online discussion forums, and their questions answered - through the Eurodesk Network.
The information in this portal is arranged by subject: studying, working, volunteering etc.
Here we've listed a sample of some programmes & competitions funded by the European Union.
For more on these and lots more, please see the Eurodesk database
Erasmus Student Network provides information and support to students throughout Europe
EU Newsroom provides information and press releases from the EU
Cafe Babel is a European current affairs magazine
Your Europe - a guide to your rights and opportunities in the EU
Europe Direct - if you're looking for an answer about your move abroad
European Youth Card - gives you access to over 60,000 discounts
European Ombudsman - deals with any issues or complaints against EU institutions or bodies.