little about the European Union

Currently a member of the state association includes the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, LithuaniaLuxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic and Sweden.

At the beginning of intra-association, even in the 90's of last century, the first members of the European Union were six countries: Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and France.Then they were joined by the other 22 coun

main factors or the rules of entry into the organization is to meet the criteria laid down in 1993 in Copenhagen and approved at a meeting of members of the Union in Madrid two years later.Member States must respect the basic principles of democracy, respect for freedom and human rights, as well as the foundations of a state.A potential member of the organization is required to have a competitive market economy and recognize the already adopted in the European Union common rules and standards.

The European Union is, and its motto - "Consent in diversity" and the anthem "Ode to Joy."

European countries that are not members of the European Union

For European countries not members of the organization are the following:
- United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Monaco and Switzerland in Western Europe;
- Belarus, Russia, Moldova and Ukraine in Eastern Europe;
- Nordic Iceland, Norway;
- Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Vatican, Macedonia, San Marino, Serbia and Montenegro in Southern Europe;
- partly located in Europe, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Turkey;
- and unrecognized state of Kosovo and the Republic of Transnistria.

Currently, the status of potential candidates for membership in the European Union are Turkey, Iceland, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro.

Western Balkan countries - Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo - are already included in the program to expand.Nevertheless, the last state is not recognized by the European Union as an independent because of the fact that the separation of Kosovo from Serbia is not recognized by all members of the organization.

few so-called "dwarf" states - Andorra, the Vatican, Monaco and San Marino, although they use the euro, still maintain relations with the European Union only through the cooperation of partial agreements.