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What is the EU?

The European Union is a unique economic and political partnership between 28 European countries that together cover much of the continent.

The EU was created in the aftermath of the Second World War. The first step was to foster economic cooperation: the idea being that countries who trade with one another become economically interdependent and so more likely to avoid conflict. The result was the European Economic Community (EEC), created in 1958, and initially increasing economic cooperation between six countries: Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Since then, a huge single market has been created and continues to develop towards its full potential.

European Youth Portal

European Youth Portal - A gateway to citizenship and mobility for young people in Europe. The European Youth Portal offers European and national information of interest to young people who are living, learning and working in Europe. The portal gives information on 8 main themes, covers 31 countries and is available in 25 languages. The portal allows young people to have their questions answered - through the Eurodesk Network.

The information in this portal is arranged by subject: studying, working, volunteering etc. 

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EU programmes

Check the Eurodesk Opportunity Finder to find out about current opportunities and programmes for young poeple in the following areas:

- Learning 

- Volunteering

- Internships

- Participating

- Grants

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Erasmus Student Network provides information and support to students throughout Europe

EU Newsroom provides information and press releases from the EU

Cafe Babel is a European current affairs magazine

European Culture Portal

Your Europe - a guide to your rights and opportunities in the EU

Europe Direct - if you're looking for an answer about your move abroad

European Youth Card - gives you access to over 60,000 discounts

European Ombudsman - deals with any issues or complaints against EU institutions or bodies.

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