European Union

map of Europe with EU countries marked in blue

Member states: 28

Population: >513 million

Area: 4,475,757 km2

Political centres: Brussels, Strasbourg, Luxembourg

President of the Commission: Jean-Claude Juncker 
President of the Parliament: Antonio Tajani
President of the European Council: Donald Tusk

European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation: Carlos Moedas

Geography: The territory of the EU is not the same as that of Europe, as parts of the continent are outside the EU, such as Switzerland, Norway and European Russia. The United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019 unless an extension is agreed. Some parts of member countries are not part of the EU, despite forming part of the European continent (for example the Channel Islands and Faroe Islands). Several territories associated with member states that are outside geographic Europe are also not part of the EU (such as Greenland, Aruba, the Netherlands Antilles and all the non-European territories associated with the United Kingdom). Some overseas territories are part of the EU even if they are not geographically part of Europe, such as the Azores, the Canary Islands, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Madeira, Martinique, Réunion, Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • Research structure and policy

    The European Union supports research, science and technology by means of political measures in order to encourage science cooperation and to make advantage of the European Union’s potential in the areas of industry and innovation. Sharing technological knowledge and forward-looking ideas will strengthen Europe’s competitiveness. But the EU support schemes are also open to so called 'third countries'.
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  • Background information

    The European Union (EU) is a treaty-based community of originally six and currently twenty-eight Member States which is the result of many decades of European integration policy. The EU has the aim of establishing a lasting and structured partnership between its Member States in order to promote peace, prosperity and security in Europe. However, it is important to keep in mind that the European Union is in a state of constant flux.
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General Information

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