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Following the two devastating World Wars of the first half of the 20th century, a number of European leaders in the late 1940s became convinced that the only way to establish a lasting peace was to unite the two chief belligerent nations - France and Germany - both economically and politically. In 1950, the French Foreign Minister Robert SCHUMAN proposed an eventual union of all Europe, the first step of which would be the integration of the coal and steel industries of Western Europe. The following year the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) was set up when six members, Belgium, France, West Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands, signed the Treaty of Paris. The ECSC was so successful that within a few years the decision was made to integrate other parts of the countries' economies. In 1957, the Treaties of Rome created the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom), and the six member states undertook to eliminate trade barriers among themselves by forming a common market. In 1967, the institutions of all three communities were formally merged into the European Community (EC), creating a single Commission, a single Council of Ministers, and the European Parliament. Members of the European Parliament were initially selected by national parliaments, but in 1979 the first direct elections were undertaken and they have been held every five years since. In 1973, the first enlargement of the EC took place with the addition of Denmark, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. The 1980s saw further membership expansion with Greece joining in 1981 and Spain and Portugal in 1986. The 1992 Treaty of Maastricht laid the basis for further forms of cooperation in foreign and defense policy, in judicial and internal affairs, and in the creation of an economic and monetary union - including a common currency. This further integration created the European Union (EU). In 1995, Austria, Finland, and Sweden joined the EU, raising the membership total to 15. A new currency, the euro, was launched in world money markets on 1 January 1999; it become the unit of exchange for all of the EU states except the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Denmark. In 2002, citizens of the 12 euro-area countries began using the euro banknotes and coins. Ten new countries joined the EU in 2004 - Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia - bringing the current membership to 25. In order to ensure that the EU can continue to function efficiently with an expanded membership, the 2003 Treaty of Nice set forth rules streamlining the size and procedures of EU institutions. An EU Constitutional Treaty, signed in Rome on 29 October 2004, gave member states two years to ratify the document before it was scheduled to take effect on 1 November 2006. Referenda held in France and the Netherlands in May-June 2005 that rejected the constitution suspended the ratification effort. Despite the

European Union flag 150x90cm
Dimensions  for flag 1500x900mm
European Union 150x90cm polyester flag with double stitched hems, the hoist edge has two eyelets.
SKU: C-EU/L
$22.00
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European Union flag 90x60cm
Dimensions for flag 1500x900mm
European Union 90x60cm polyester flag with double stitched hems, the hoist edge has two eyelets.
SKU: C-EU/M
$16.28
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European Union flag 240x150cm
Dimensions for flag 2400x1500mm
European Union 240x150cm polyester flag with double stitched hems, the hoist edge has two eyelets.
SKU: C-EU/V
$89.00
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European Union hand waver flag 45x30cm
Dimensions for hand-waver 450x300mm
European Union 45x30cm polyester hand waver flag with double stitched hems, the hoist edge is sleeved and fits over a timber dowel measuring 60cm long and a diameter of 0.8cm, capped with a white spherical plastic finial.
SKU: C-EU/HW
$13.00
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European Union child hand waver flag 23x15cm
Dimensions for hand-waver-child 230x150mm
European Union 23x15cm polyester child hand waver flag with hot knife cut edges, the hoist edge is sleeved and fits over a timber dowel measuring 30cm long and a diameter of 0.5cm, capped with a white spherical plastic finial.
SKU: C-EU/HC
$6.99
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European Union desk flag 150x10cm
Dimensions for desk-flag 150x100mm
European Union 15x10cm polyester desk flag with hot knife cut edges, the hoist edge is sleeved and fits over a black plastic dowel measuring 27cm long and a diameter of 0.5cm, capped with a gold coloured plastic finial.
SKU: C-EU/DF
$6.99
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European Union bunting 30 flags 23x15cm
Dimensions for bunting 30 flags 230x150mm
European Union bunting has 30 small polyester flags, each flag measuring 23x15cm and spaced 10cm apart sewn into a header tape to make a string of flags, 80cm of extra tape at each end for fixing. The edges of the flags are hot knife cut.
SKU: C-EU/SF30
$59.00
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European Union badge 9x6cm
Dimensions for badge 90x60mm
European Union badge 9x6cm with edges over-locked in gold coloured thread. The badge can be affixed using a hot iron. Badges are also known as patches.
SKU: C-EU/P1
$6.20
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European Union decal 12.4x8.2cm
Dimensions for decal 124x62mm
European Union self adhesive rectangular decal, measuring 12.4x8.2cm. Decals are also known as stickers.
SKU: C-EU/D1
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Country CapitalBrussels, Belgium the Council of the European Union meets in Brussels, the European Parliament meets in Strasbourg, France, and the Court of Justice of the European Communities meets in Luxembourg
Flag Descriptionon a blue field, 12 five-pointed gold stars arranged in a circle, representing the union of the peoples of Europe; the number of stars is fixed
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