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: Ursula von der Leyen
President of the Parliament: David Sassoli
President of the European Council: Charles Michel

European Commissioner for Innovation and Youth: Mariya Gabriel

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. 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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  • Background

    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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  • Research structure and research 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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  • News

    This link provides information services about research and innovation. The platform CORDIS (Community Research & Development Information Service) offers regular, detailed and up-to-date information and news.
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  • Events

    Find out about current events related to Information Exchange from and into the Eastern European and Central Asian Countries in Science and Technology.
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  • Documents

    This section offers a general overview of European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). You will also find important strategy papers, ENP Action Plans and Country Reports.
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  • Calls

    This links to the overview of open Horizon2020 calls on the 'Participant Portal'. For a brief introduction to Horizon 2020, the EU's current Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, please download the info flyer from the right sidebar.
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  • Programmes

    Here you can find out more information and details about the variety and spectrum of important EU programmes concerning higher education and training, the promotion of lifelong learning, existing frameworks to promote collaborative research, networking and dissemination, support actions for transnational coordination of national research activities etc. Many of these initiatives are not only limited to EU Member States but are also open for co-operation activities with partners in Eastern Europe, Central Asia or other regions of the world.
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