The EU is recognisable by several symbols, the most well-known being the circle of yellow stars on a blue background.
The European flag
The 12 stars in a circle symbolise the ideals of unity, solidarity and harmony among the peoples of Europe.
The European anthem
The melody used to symbolize the EU comes from the Ninth Symphony composed in 1823 by Ludwig Van Beethoven.
The ideas behind the European Union were first put forward on 9 May 1950 by French foreign minister Robert Schuman. This is why 9 May is celebrated as a key date for the EU.
The EU motto
"United in diversity" is the motto of the European Union.
It signifies how Europeans have come together, in the form of the EU, to work for peace and prosperity, while at the same time being enriched by the continent's many different cultures, traditions and languages.
Living in the EU:- Figures on prosperity levels, attitudes, education spending and language learning reveal some of the similarities and contrasts between EU member countries.
The economy :-The creation of the single market and the corresponding increase in trade and general economic activity transformed the EU into a major trading power. The EU is trying to sustain economic growth by investing in transport, energy and research, while also seeking to minimise the environmental impact of further economic development.
EU administration – staff, languages and location The EU spends around 1% of its annual budget on staff, administration and maintenance of its buildings.
CULTURE :- The culture of Europe can be described as a series of overlapping cultures; cultural mixes exist across the continent. There are culturalinnovations and movements, sometimes at odds with each other. Thus the question of "common culture" or "common values" is complex.
The foundation of European culture was laid by the Greeks, strengthened by the Romans, stabilised by Christianity, reformed by the 15th-century Renaissance and Reformation, modernised by the 18th century Age of Enlightenment and globalised by successive European empires between the 16th and 20th centuries.
According to historian Hilaire Belloc, for several centuries the peoples of Europe based their self-identification on the remaining traces of the Roman culture and on concept of Christendom, because many European-wide military alliances were of religious nature: theCrusades (1095–1291), the Reconquista (711-1492), the Battle of Lepanto (1571).
Member states of the EU (year of entry)