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EU institutional development

The European Union is an evolving institution. Between the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community in 1952 and the present day, the objectives of the Union, the operation of its institutions and the number of Member States have changed dramatically.

The Community treaties define the basic principles underpinning the Union’s action. Other documents set out strategies whose implementation may have a considerable influence on living and working conditions in Europe. The democratic debate around most of these developments is often impeded by the obscure language of the texts adopted by the Community institutions.

The ETUI keeps a close eye on these institutional developments. It analyses them and strives to measure their real impact. It likewise carries out systematic information and training work around these questions.

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