If you’ve ever wondered how the European Union came into being (but were too afraid to ask) then the House of Lords Library Note published today should answer most of your questions:-
“This Library Note provides a broad outline of the history and development of the European Union. It explains the key treaties that led to the formation of the EU, describes the enlargement of the Union, gives a brief overview of the major European institutions and provides a short description of the EU budget. The Note concludes by presenting a selection of key statistics comparing the EU to the US, Japan, China and Russia and a selection of key indicators for each of the current EU member states and candidate states.”
– from the title page of the note.
The libraries of the House of Lords and House of Commons exist to provide research and information services to their respective houses. The UK Parliament website offers a virtual tour of the House of Lords Library and the House of Commons Library.
For any further information on European Union, UK and Scottish Official Publications feel free to contact the Maps, Official Publications and Statistics Unit on level 7 of the library.