The European Union numbers 25 Member States: 25
different nations determined to shape their future closely together.
Over a period of enlargement of 40 years, they have together built
an area of peace, stability, progress and solidarity. Te European
Union is a model for overcoming conflict and promoting reconciliation
through close cooperation to achieve common goals while respecting
national sovereignty and territorial integrity. But the EU is
not focused on itself: its ambition is to share its achievements
and its values with countries and nations beyond its borders.
The European Commissions is the EU's executive