A guide to EU funding
In response to the evolution of the world economy and its impact on Europe, the European Commission proposed a set of programmes to boost jobs, growth and investment across the European Union. The programmes are part of the multiannual financial framework 2014-2020. This publication guides you through these programmes and the funding opportunities they offer are briefly described here in this booklet. Detailed information is available on the European Commission’s website. EU funding opportunities prove the added value of the EU budget in a number of fields, from research, employment, regional development and cooperation to education, culture, environment, humanitarian aid and energy, among many others. Significant support is available to small and medium-sized businesses, non-governmental and civil society non-profit organisations, young people, researchers, farmers and public bodies, to name a few.Download
How the European Union works
The European Union (EU) is unique. It is not a federal state like the United States of America because its Member States remain independent sovereign nations. Nor is it a purely intergovernmental organisation like the United Nations because the Member States do pool some of their sovereignty - and thus gain much greater collective strength and influence than they could have acting individually. They pool their sovereignty by taking joint decisions through shared institutions such as the European Parliament, which is elected by the EU citizens, and the European Council and the Council, which both represent national governments. They decide on the basis of proposals from the European Commission, which represent the interests of the EU as a whole. But what does each of these institutions do? How do they work together? Who is responsible for what? This booklet sets out the answers. It also gives a brief overview of the agencies and other bodies that are involved in the European Union’s work. The aim is to provide you with a helpful guide to EU decision-making. This publication is a part of a series that explains what the EU does in different policy areas, why the EU is involved and what the results are.
Europe, A journal for young people
‘Europe is somewhere else.’ This provocative statement opens the first chapter of Europe. A journal for young people. It is, of course, not true. As EU citizens, Europe is our home. So being right in the middle of it, we naturally have many questions about what Europe means and what it does. For example, who governs Europe? What does the European Union mean for our everyday lives? Where is this continent heading in a globalised world? What is the future for Europe? All of these questions and more are broached here. The journal is aimed at students aged between 13 and 18, and offers them the chance to read, learn and discuss the topics interactively. The journal is accompanied by a teachers’ guide.Download
Media HandbookMedia Handbook of the EU Delegation and the Office of the EU Special Representative in BiH provides information on the European Union and contacts in various institutions.
EU – Facts and figures
How many people live in Italy? What's the political system in Lithuania? And what is the capital of Cyprus called? Find the answers to these questions and many more in the updated version of 'The European Union - Facts and figures'. This booklet comes in a handy small format and gives essential information on the European Union, its institutions, member states and candidate countries. It contains facts on official languages, government websites and other useful data about each country. The publication is available in 24 EU languages.
Extending European values and standards to more countries
The European Union was created in the 1950s to foster peace, prosperity and European values on the continent. Its purpose is as relevant today as it was then. The EU is open to all democratic European countries that wish to join. The EU’s enlargement policy accompanies this process. Having grown from six to 28 members, stretching from the Atlantic to the Black Sea, the EU has become home to over 500 million people. This publication is a part of a series that explains what the EU does in different policy areas, why the EU is involved and what the results are.
Lighting, heating, transport, industrial output: energy is vital for essential day-to-day services, without which we and our businesses cannot function. Europe’s stocks of fossil fuels (oil, gas and coal) will not, however, last forever. They need to be judiciously managed while we look into new sources of energy. Europe is consuming, and importing, increasing quantities of energy. EU countries are well aware of the advantages of coordinated action in this highly strategic field. This has led to common rules throughout Europe and a pooling of Europe’s efforts to secure the energy that it needs at an affordable price, while generating the least possible pollution. This publication is a part of a series that explains what the EU does in different policy areas, why the EU is involved and what the results are.
Europe in 12 lessons
What purpose does the EU serve? Why and how was it set up? How does it work? What has it already achieved for its citizens, and what new challenges does it face today? In an age of globalisation, can the EU compete successfully with other major economies while maintaining its social standards? What will Europe's role be on the world stage in the years ahead? Where will the EU's boundaries be drawn? And what future is there for the euro? These are just some of the questions explored by EU expert Pascal Fontaine in this 2010 edition of his popular booklet ‘Europe in 12 lessons’.Download
EU for a better tomorrow - five successful BH story
The European Union is the largest single donor in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since 1996, the European Union has invested over 3.5 billion euros in reconstruction, public administration reform, rule of law, sustainable economy, agriculture and other vital areas in BiH.
In its activities, the European Union relies on various financial instruments, the most comprehensive one is Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA). EU pre-accession funds represent a substantial investment in the future of enlargement countries and the European Union itself. This helps the beneficiaries in the realization of political and economic reforms, in preparation for the rights and obligations that will come with membership. Such reforms simultaneously provide citizens with better opportunities and allow the development of standards that are equal to those enjoyed by citizens of the European Union.
This brochure presents five successful projects from entire Bosnia and Herzegovina that have improved living conditions in local communities.Download
European Union support to Bosnia and Herzegovina
The following case studies are notable success stories involving projects that are an integral part of the effort to help Bosnia and Herzegovina meet the political and economic criteria for future EU membership. These criteria have been developed within the EU because they have shown that when applied, they help to raise living standards. The successful implementation of projects should be viewed, therefore, not simply as ‘boxes ticked’ in the accession process but as practical steps to improve the lives of BiH citizens even before EU membership is formally achieved.Download
Education, training, youth and sport
The EU is investing €14.7 billion in Erasmus+, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport for 2014–20. Erasmus+ seeks to boost the job prospects and the personal development of young people. It helps our education, training and youth systems deliver teaching and learning that gives people the skills they need in today’s and tomorrow’s labour market and society. If you are interested in EU funding for education, training, youth and sport, then you will find essential information here. This publication is a part of a series that explains what the EU does in different policy areas, why the EU is involved and what the results are.Download
Horizon 2020 in brief
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever. Almost €80 billion of funding is available over seven years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private and national public investment that this money will attract. Horizon 2020 will help to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive economic growth. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science and technology, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering solutions to big challenges facing our society. This guide explains the programme in more detail.Download
By its nature, the environment transcends political, legal and man‑made boundaries. As a result, cross‑border cooperation within the European Union and between the EU and the rest of the world is essential if we are to tackle challenges which impact on us all. These range from droughts and floods to pollution and threats to Europe’s rich biodiversity. This publication is a part of a series that explains what the EU does in different policy areas, why the EU is involved and what the results are.
EU – What it is and what it does
This publication is a guide to the European Union (EU) and what it does. The first section explains in brief what the European Union is. The second section, ‘What the European Union does’, describes what the EU is doing in 35 different areas to improve the lives of people in Europe and further afield. The third section, ‘How the European Union makes decisions and takes action’, describes the institutions at the heart of the EU’s decision-making process and how their decisions are translated into actions.
EU & me
If you are a citizen of an EU country then you are also a European citizen. But what does this mean in practice? What has the European Union done for you? Well, for a start, we all live in peaceful times, which in itself is a huge achievement, but it is not the only thing that Europe has done for us. If you are between 14 and 18 and interested in finding out more about the European Union, then this publication is for you! It will tell you how the European Union was built, what values we share, who does what in the EU and how all of this is relevant to your daily life. You will also learn about the many challenges that the EU deals with today, challenges that will also shape your future. The European Union has been constructed over time. It is a continuous ‘work in progress’ and it will soon be your generation’s turn to decide what to do next. So now is the time for you to shape your own opinions about the EU. This publication and the exercises it contains should provide food for thought not only for you, but also when talking about Europe with your friends and family.Download
Media Handbook (No. 4)
Key figures on enlargement countries
The European Union’s (EU’s) enlargement policy concerns the EU’s relations with countries which aspire to become EU Member States. There are strict conditions for membership of the EU, whereby new members are only admitted when they have clearly demonstrated they are capable of assuming all of the obligations that are linked to membership. Indeed, there are 35 different policy chapters, which together define all of the standards and rules (the so-called ‘acquis’) that are associated with EU membership. Some of the most important policies relate to the rule of law, freedom of expression and media, civil society, regional cooperation and economic governance.Download