The EU in brief The European Union is a unique economic and political union 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 steps were to foster economic cooperation: the idea being that countries that 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. From economic to political union What began as a purely economic union has evolved into an organization spanning policy areas, from climate, environment and health to external relations and security, justice and migration. The EU is based on the rule of law: everything it does is founded on treaties, voluntarily and democratically agreed by its member countries. Mobility, growth, stability and a single currency
Naval Station Rota Spain Naval Station Rota, also known as NAVSTA Rota, (IATA: ROZ, ICAO: LERT) (Spanish: Base Naval de Rota), is a Spanish naval base commanded by a Spanish Rear Admiral and fully funded by the United States of America. Located in Rota in the Province of Cádiz, near the town of El Puerto de Santa María, NAVSTA Rota is the largest American military community in Spain and houses US Navy and US Marine Corps personnel. There are also small US Army and US Air Force contingents on the base. Overview The Naval Base is depicted in grey Described by the US Navy as the "Gateway to the Mediterranean", Naval Station Rota is home to an airfield and a seaport; the airfield has often caused the base to be misidentified as "Naval Air Station Rota". Naval Station Rota is strategically located near the Strait of Gibraltar and at the halfway point between the United States and Southwest Asia. History The joint U.S. In April 2011, the commander of the US Navy garrison at the base, Captain William F.
Las Naciones Unidas La ONU fue fundada el 24 de octubre de 1945. La ONU tiene 193 Estados Miembros. En la actualidad hay más de 100.000 soldados de la ONU en 16 Operaciones de Mantenimiento de la Paz. Los idiomas oficiales utilizados en la ONU son árabe, chino, español, francés, inglés y ruso. ¿Sabías que...? Las Naciones Unidas son una organización internacional fundada en 1945 tras la Segunda Guerra Mundial por 51 países que se comprometieron a mantener la paz y la seguridad internacionales, fomentar entre las naciones relaciones de amistad y promover el progreso social, la mejora del nivel de vida y los derechos humanos. Las Naciones Unidas tienen entre sus principales objetivos La labor de las Naciones Unidas llega a todos los rincones del mundo.
How the EU works: a video guide BBC Europe correspondent Matthew Price has been exploring the corridors of power in Brussels, and here he explains what each EU institution does. Come on a video tour with him. European Commission There are 28 EU commissioners - one from each member state - and each one focuses on a policy area, for example justice and home affairs, or the EU internal market. The Commission's job is to draft EU laws and act as "guardian of the treaties". It enforces EU rules, and if a member state delays enacting an agreed policy, or simply refuses to comply, then the Commission will warn them and if necessary pursue them at the EU Court of Justice. New EU laws, or revisions to existing ones, come about usually after requests from governments, Euro MPs or lobby groups. The Commission has a staff of about 33,000. Council of Ministers Usually this institution is simply called "the Council". But for taxation or foreign policy issues, such as trade agreements or sanctions, unanimity is required.
Spanish aircraft carrier Príncipe de Asturias The Príncipe de Asturias, originally named Almirante Carrero Blanco, is an aircraft carrier and was the flagship of the Spanish Navy. She was built in Bazan's Shipyards and delivered to the Spanish Navy on 30 May 1988. Spain has operated aircraft carriers since the 1920s, initially with the seaplane tender SPS Dédalo and later the multi-role light carrier SPS Dédalo, which was formerly the US Navy's World War II light carrier USS Cabot. The SPS Dédalo was replaced as the navy's fleet flagship by the Príncipe de Asturias. The ship was permanently assigned to the Alpha Group, comprising the carrier and six Santa Maria class frigates (a Spanish version of the USN Oliver Hazard Perry FFGs). The ship became a victim of defence cuts, being officially decommissioned on 6 February 2013. It has been recently revealed that Angola is planning to purchase the Principe de Asturias although this has not been confirmed by official sources. Design Armament Aircraft Withdrawal
Secretaría de las Naciones Unidas La labor cotidiana de las Naciones Unidas está a cargo de su Secretaría, integrada por funcionarios internacionales que trabajan en oficinas del mundo entero. La Secretaría presta servicios a los demás órganos principales de las Naciones Unidas y administra los programas y las políticas que éstos elaboran. Su jefe es el Secretario General, nombrado por la Asamblea General a recomendación del Consejo de Seguridad por un período renovable de cinco años. Las funciones de la Secretaría son tan variadas como los problemas que tratan las Naciones Unidas. La Secretaría tiene alrededor de 43 000 funcionarios en todo el mundo 1. Aunque su Sede está en Nueva York, las Naciones Unidas mantienen una presencia importante en Addis Abeba, Bangkok, Beirut, Ginebra, Nairobi, Santiago de Chile y Viena y tienen oficinas desplegadas en casi todos los países. Actualmente hay 16 operaciones de paz de las Naciones Unidas desplegadas en cuatro continentes.
European Parliament The European Parliament is the EU's law-making body. It is directly elected by EU voters every 5 years. The last elections were in May 2014. What does the Parliament do? The Parliament has 3 main roles: Legislative Passing EU laws, together with the Council of the EU, based on European Commission proposals Deciding on international agreements Deciding on enlargements Reviewing the Commission's work programme and asking it to propose legislation Supervisory Democratic scrutiny of all EU institutions Electing the Commission President and approving the Commission as a body. Budgetary Establishing the EU budget, together with the Council Approving the EU's long-term budget, the "Multiannual Financial Framework" More infographics Composition The number of MEPs for each country is roughly proportionate to its population, but this is by degressive proportionality: no country can have fewer than 6 or more than 96 MEPs and the total number cannot exceed 751 (750 plus the President).
Spanish ship Juan Carlos I (L61) Juan Carlos I is a multi-purpose warship in the Spanish Navy (Armada Española). Similar in concept to the American Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, it has the addition of a ski jump for STOVL operations. The ship will be equipped with the AV-8B Harrier II attack aircraft and can be used as an aircraft carrier. The vessel is named in honour of Juan Carlos I, the current King of Spain. The design for the Buque de Proyección Estratégica (Strategic Projection Vessel), as it was initially known, was approved in September 2003. The bow of Juan Carlos I, showing the ship's ski-jump ramp. The vessel has a flight deck of 202 m (663 ft), with a "ski-jump" ramp. For the first time in the Spanish Navy, the ship uses diesel-electric propulsion, simultaneously connecting both diesels and the new technology gas turbine powerplant to a pair of azimuthal pods. The complement of the ship is around 900 naval personnel, with equipment and support elements for 1,200 soldiers.
Corte Internacional de Justicia Edificio de la Corte. La Corte Internacional de Justicia declaró que la proclamación de la independencia de Kosovo es ajustada al derecho internacional general. [A/64/881 ] Vídeo La Corte Internacional de Justicia es el principal órgano judicial de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas. ¿Sabías que? La Corte Internacional de Justicia fue creada en 1945 por la Carta de las Naciones Unidas y comenzó a funcionar en 1946. Sus quince magistrados, elegidos por la Asamblea General y el Consejo de Seguridad, cumplen mandatos de nueve años. Los idiomas oficiales son el inglés y el francés. De los seis órganos principales de las Naciones Unidas (Asamblea General, Consejo de Seguridad, Consejo Económico y Social, Consejo de Administración Fiduciaria y Corte Internacional de Justicia) es el único que no se sitúa en Nueva York (Estados Unidos). Su Estatuto forma parte integral de la Carta de las Naciones Unidas.
Selection of EU maps Geographic maps of Europe, the EU and the candidate countries (before 2016) The series presents different historical geographical maps of Europe, the European Union and the candidate countries.