During the last century, Europe was devastated by two world wars which resulted in the deaths of millions, shattered Europe’s economy and changed the borders of several countries. In order to guarantee that this would not happen again, some European leaders decided that their countries should work together to ensure peace and prosperity for the future. The result is the European Union (EU). EU Member States now work together on many areas of common interest. Each Member State has a voice in this process and decisions are made collectively by the member countries and elected members of the... European Parliament. Ireland has been a member of the EU for more than 40 years. Since 1973, EU membership has helped to transform Ireland’s economy, infrastructure and environment. It has influenced the lives of Irish citizens by supporting the farming community, improving consumer rights, and changing the status of women. One of the greatest advantages of EU membership is that Irish people can travel, study or work in any other EU country. Today, there are 28 Member States in the EU. But what do we know about them? Let’s take a tour of the EU and see what we can learn about our neighbours.
- Corporate author(s): Representation in Ireland (European Commission) Themes: Construction of Europe, Information — Documentation
- Subject: EU Member State, European Union, public awareness campaign, young person