The European Community, a Europe of peace, trade and solidarity, was born on the 9th of May 1950, with the Schuman Declaration drafted by Jean Monnet proposing a European Coal and Steel Community aimed at reconciling European nations after World War II. From 1951, this peaceful revolution has progressively expanded, through the creation of Treaties, new organisations and programs, and the original union of six nations have grown to amount to 27 Member States.
The European Union is a unique organisation that is constantly evolving, with a synergy derived from the heritage of the past and from a never-ending legal construction process. And that is the reason why many citizens don’t clearly understand how it works.
Above all simple and practical, this leaflet explains the main institutions of the European Union and answers to many questions such as: what is the difference between the Council of the European Union and the European Commission? Between the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rigths of the Council of Europe? Between the European Council and the Council of Europe? Between the European Central Bank and the European Investment Bank? Etc.