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Eu quiz for europe day 2012

  1. 1. The European Union European Union“Peace, Prosperity and Partnership” How much do you know about the EU? 1
  2. 2. The European Union What is the European Union? 27 Member States • A community of shared values: democracy, respect for human rights, and the rule of law Combined population of 502 • The world’s largest economic body EU Member States million • The world’s most successful model for regional Percent of world’s integration and for advancing peace and 7 population democracy Percent of • EU Member States cede national sovereignty in global GDP 25 many areas to carry out common policies and governance Percent of combined>50 worldwide Official Development Assistance • It is not a super-state which replaces existing states. Nor is it simply an organization for international cooperation. 2
  3. 3. The European Union EU Quiz We invite you to test your knowledge of the European Union, its institutions, initiatives and achievements. Good Luck! Catherine Ashton,EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs andEuropean Commission Vice President 3
  4. 4. The European Union Question 1• Following the devastation of WWII, the foundations of the EU were laid with the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community.• Which were the first six member states? 4
  5. 5. The European UnionAnswer: Founding Countries (1952) Belgium France Germany ItalyLuxembourgNetherlands 5
  6. 6. The European UnionThe European Union Today 6
  7. 7. The European Union Question 2The November 9, 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall, a significantmilestone in the creation of modern Europe,led to the reunification of Germany,which was formally concluded in a) 1990 b) 1992 c) 1995 7
  8. 8. The European Union Answer: (a)22 years after the 1990 reunification of Germany, a 1.3 km-long section of the Berlin Wall, known as the East Side Gallery, is the largest open air gallery in the world 8
  9. 9. The European Union Question 3 Why are there 12 stars on the European flag? The European Union flag a) Europa, the mythical Greek Goddess had 12 sons b) To represent 12 member states c) It is a number that represents perfection and completenessThe Greek Goddess Europa 9
  10. 10. The European Union Answer: (c)• The circle of gold stars represents solidarity and harmony between the peoples of Europe.• The number 12 traditionally symbolizes perfection and completeness. 10
  11. 11. The European UnionQuestion 4 How many official languages are there in the EU? a) 2 b) 23 c) 15 11
  12. 12. The European UnionAnswer: (b) • The EU has 23 official languages. • Moreover, the EU has more than 60 indigenous regional minority language communities. 12
  13. 13. The European Union Question 6If a national law and aEuropean law conflict,which one applies?a) The national law.b) The European law.c) The Court of Justice of the EU decides on a case-by- case basis. 13
  14. 14. The European Union Answer: (b) • The European law applies. • This ensures that laws adopted at EU level are uniformly applied throughout the 27 Member States.The European Court of Justice Insignia 14
  15. 15. The European UnionDecision-Making• The decision-making process of the EU involves three main institutions:  The European Commission  The European Parliament  The Council of the European Union• This institutional triangle produces the policies and laws that apply throughout the EU.• In principle, it is the Commission that proposes new laws, but it is the Parliament and Council that adopt them. The Commission and the member states then implement them, and the Commission ensures that the laws are properly taken on board. 15
  16. 16. The European Union Question 7True or False?An Irish citizen who lives inGreece can participate inlocal Greek elections as wellas European Parliamentelections. 16
  17. 17. The European Union Answer: TrueAs an EU citizen resident in another EU countryyou are allowed to vote at local government andEuropean parliamentary elections. 17
  18. 18. The European Union Question 8Can you match the EUcountries with theirpolitical leaders?a) Germany David Cameron Angela Merkelb) Francec) Spaind) United Kingdom Mariano Rajoy François Hollande 18
  19. 19. The European Union Answers:(d) The UK (a) Germany(c) Spain 19 (b) France
  20. 20. The European UnionQuestion 91) How many countries currently use the Euro as their currency?2) Which country was the most recent to adopt the Euro? 20
  21. 21. The European Union Answer Austria Belgium•17 countries use the Euro currency Cyprus Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Ireland Italy Luxembourg Malta the Netherlands Portugal Slovakia Slovenia Spain 21
  22. 22. The European Union Answer• Estonia became a EU member in 2004 and in 2011 adopted the Euro, becoming the most recent country to do so 22
  23. 23. The European Union Question 10Which of the following countries will join the EU in 2013?a) Croatiab) Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedoniac) Turkeyd) Iceland 23
  24. 24. The European Union Answer: CroatiaSubject to ratificationof the Treaty by all the Member States and Croatia, Croatia willbecome the EUs 28thMember State on 1 July 2013. 24
  25. 25. The European Union EU and the Environment• The EU is a global leader in efforts to protect the environment – Committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent of 1990 levels by 2020.• Ranked # 1 in the world in the development of renewable energy – Currently, wind power, hydraulic (hydroelectric) power, geothermal energy, solar energy, and biomass sources are all used in the EU 25
  26. 26. The European Union Question 11Which of the following EU MemberStates had the most wind poweroperating by the end of 2010? a) Spain b) Denmark c) Germany 26
  27. 27. The European Union Answer: (c)The correct answer is Germany• Germany 27,214 MW• Spain 20,203 MW• Denmark 3,802 MW 27
  28. 28. The European Union Question 12The European Commission and the EUMember States combined constitute theworld’s largest donor in the struggle againstpoverty.How much money do you think the EUcommits to development aid each year? a) $25 billion b) $50 billion c) $75 billion 28
  29. 29. The European Union Answer: (b)The EU spends approximately $50 billion a year ondevelopment aid, and it goes to more than 160 countriesaround the globe. 29
  30. 30. The European Union EU-U.S. RelationsIn 1990 the EU-U.S. cooperation was formalized for the first timewith the Transatlantic Declaration.Since 1995 the New Transatlantic Agenda (NTA) has providedthe foundation for the relationship.New ways of cooperating continue to develop, for example, a High-level Working Group on Jobs and Growth was created duringthe 2011 EU-US Summit. 30
  31. 31. The European Union Major Fora for EU-US Dialogue• Summit Meetings• Transatlantic Economic Council• Transatlantic Business Dialogue• Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue• Transatlantic Legislators Dialogue• EU-U.S. Energy Council 31
  32. 32. The European Union Question 13By comparison, which one is which? Population Land Area GDP (sq. miles) 2011 2011EU or U.S.? 502 million 1.6 million $17.6 trillionEU or U.S.? 312 million 3.7 million $15.1 trillion 32
  33. 33. The European UnionAnswer: Population Land Area GDP (sq. miles) 2011 2011 502 million 1.8 million $17.6 trillion 312 million 3.5 million $15.1 trillion 33
  34. 34. The European Union Question 14What percentage of foreign directinvestment in the U.S. comes fromthe EU? a) 35% b) 54% c) 63% 34
  35. 35. The European Union Answer: (c)63% of foreign investment in the U.S. comes fromthe EU, making it by far the largest investor inthe U.S. 35
  36. 36. The European Union European Union in the USA Delegation of the European Union to the USA in Washington, DC The Delegation represents the European Union in its dealings with the U.S. Government for all matters within EU competence or purview. It reports on U.S. developments to headquarters in Brussels and acts as a liaison with other international institutions in Washington, DC. www.euintheus.orgAmbassador João Vale de Almeida, Head of Delegation Delegation of the European Union to the UN in New York The general role of the EU Delegation in NY is to reinforce the coordination of common EU positions in the UN. 36
  37. 37. The European UnionHow much did you know about the EU? 37