European Union


(1)   An international organization of European countries formed after World War II to reduce trade barriers and increase cooperation among its members
"He took Britain into Europe"


Proper noun

  1. A supranational organisation created in the 1950s to bring the nations of Europe into closer economic and political connection. At the beginning of 2007, 27 member nations were Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.


  • 1992, Maastricht Treaty,
    ...IN VIEW of further steps to be taken in order to advance European integration,
    HAVE DECIDED to establish a European Union and to this end have designated as their plenipotentiaries...
  • 1996, John Major, EU Beef Ban and the Florence European Council,
    The issue will now be dealt with on a proper, rational basis, with the timetable for the lifting of the ban dependent on our own efforts. That has enabled the restoration of normal business in the European Union.