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International Recovery Platform

European Commission (EC)



What is the European Union?
A unique economic and political partnership between 27 democratic European countries.

What are its aims?
Peace, prosperity and freedom for its 498 million citizens in a fairer, safer world.

What results so far?
Frontier-free travel and trade, the euro (the single European currency), safer food and a greener environment, better living standards in poorer regions, joint action on crime and terror, cheaper phone calls, millions of opportunities to study abroad … and much more besides.

How does it work?
To make these things happen, EU countries set up bodies to run the EU and adopt its legislation. The main ones are: