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Subject: European Union Basics (FAQ), Part8/8

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+ NB READERS OF THIS TEXT VERSION: + The original and most recent version of this file is always available + on the world-wide web. If you have Web access, please consider viewing + it there at the URL mentioned above. EU Basics FAQ: About this FAQ list [aboutEU] Where to get the most recent version of this file ORIGINAL HYPERTEXT VERSION The original version of the European Union Basics (FAQ) list is written in HTML and available on the web. If you have a WWW browser, you should probably try and take a look at the latest version. The URL is <http://eubasics.allmansland.com/>[1] TEXT ONLY (ISO-8859-1) VERSION The text version is an unaltered HTML-to-ASCII translation from the CERN Line-Mode Browser. Please appreciate that most accented characters will probably be lost (and falsely translated) in the process of posting this document to the different newsgroups, especially for those of you whose sites haven't converted to 8-bit character sets yet. This may produce unexpected results; however, omitting the accents altogether would produce many errors in the names of people and parties quoted in this FAQ. The latest version of the file is available at the following locations: In newsgroups The text version is posted regularly to the newsgroups talk.politics.european-union, eunet.politics, alt.politics.ec, talk.answers, alt.answers, news.answers. If you think other newsgroups should be included in this posting, don't hesitate to suggest this to the editors. By anonymous FTP You can also retrieve the most recent version of these files in text format via anonymous FTP to rtfm.mit.edu [], from the /pub/usenet/news.answer s/european-union/basics/[2]directory. Many mirror sites are available. By email (from the RTFM archives) If you do not have anonymous ftp access, you can access the MIT archives by mail server as well. Send an E-mail message to <mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu[3]> with the command send usenet/news.answers/european-union/basics in the body. Author, contributors and sources This list was edited by Roland Siebelink and Bart Schelfhout <eubasics@allmansland.com[4]>. Please contact us by e-mail if you have any questions, corrections, contributions or remarks about this list. Several people contributed to the information contained in this list, thus making it more complete, accurate and up-to-date. I would like to thank specifically: Malte Lewan <cml@df.lth.se> Alan Fraser Reekie <aree@dg13.cec.be > Nick Bernard <bernn@essex.ac.uk> Jozef van Brabant <Jozef_van_Brabant_at_UNHQ3@un.org > David Lauder <ddl1@unix.york.ac.uk > Jonathan Slater <jhs335@ulst.ac.uk > Hiski Haapoja <trhiha@uta.fi> Jorma Kyppo <jorma@jytko.jyu.fi > Tamio Nakamura <tn29@cornell.edu> Ole Villumsen <olevi@daimi.aau.dk > Carsten Quell <quell@zedat.fu-berlin.de > Hein Verkerk <heinv@xs4all.nl> Antero Aunesluoma <antero.aunesluoma@helsinki.fi> Joao Paulo Gomes <gpsm@tpone.telepac.pt > Marc Bonnaud <mbonnaud@dialup.francenet.fr > Achim Scheve <Achim_Scheve@mk2.maus.sauerland.de > Jim Jackson <alba@tardis.ed.ac.uk > Ferdinand Spitzer <spitzer@sbox.tu-graz.ac.at > Willy Debacker <willy.debacker@ping.be> Alex E.H. Ng <alexng@io.org> Magnus Boivie <95900490mb@nene.ac.uk> Very helpful was the contribution made by Frangois Thunus <thunus@innet.lu> A major quality check of the whole list was performed by Richard Corbett at <rcorbett@gw.europarl.org> from the European Parliament who sent me many minor corrections as well as some major rewrites. Richard is an authority in the field as he is one of the authors of the most commonly used reference-book on the European Parliament (see below). His work has been endorsed by the President of the European Parliament as &laquo;the most comprehensive survey available on the structure, working methods and powers of the European Parliament&micro;, and by Neil Kinnock (European Commissioner whose wife is a British MEP (PES) as &laquo;the most thumbed book in the Kinnock household&micro;. And finally, Andrew Macmullen <a.l.macmullen@durham.ac.uk>, who helped me a lot in sending many minor corrections and additional information. He also gave some additional information: &laquo;Most of the infomation contained here could be found in grea ter depth in basic text books on the EU. Three excellent up to date w orks (and all available in paperback editions) are: NUGENT (N.) 1994. The Government and Politics of the European Union. London, Macmillan. DINAN (D.) 1994. An Ever Closer Union? London, Macmillan. ARCHER (C.) 1994. Organizing Europe: the Institutions of Integration. Edward Arnold. The leading academic journal carrying excellent material on all asp ects of the EU is, in spite of its rather out-dated title: Journal of Common Studies (Blackwells, Oxford). This includes an invaluable ann ual supplement The European Union Annual Review of Activites.&raquo; Some of the (paper) sources I used to find the answers to the questions in this list are: WESTLAKE (M.) 1994. A modern guide to the European Parliament. London, Pinter, 302pp. NOEL (E.) 1994. Working Together--The Institutions of the European Community. Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 66pp. STEIN (M.) & VON WITZLEBEN (A.), eds., 1994. Europe Info. Directory of important information sources in the European Union. Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 161p. CORBETT (R.), JACOBS (F.) & SHACKLETON (M.) 1995. The European Parliament. Cartermill, 3rd ed. EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, 1994.Fact Sheets on the European Parliament and the activities of the European Union. Brussels-Luxembourg, European Parliament/Directorate-General for Research, 473pp. The Treaties of Paris, Rome and Maastricht and the Single European Act. Various brochures published by the European Commission and the European Parliament. ___________________________________ Edited by Roland Siebelink & Bart Schelfhout [5]corrections and suggestions welcome. 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