The European Union (EU) is a family of democratic European countries that work together to improve the life of their citizens and to construct a world better. The UE is a history of a great success. In only half century of existence, the EU has brought La Paz and the prosperity to Europe; it has created a unique European currency (euro) and a "single market" without borders where the merchandise, the people, the services and the capitals can circulate freely. One has become an important commercial power and world-wide leader in scopes such as the protection of the medio.ambiente and the aid to the development.
The success of the European Union must to a large extent to its peculiar form of operation. The countries that constitute the EU continue being independent sovereign nations, but they share its sovereignty to be stronger and to have a world-wide influence that no of them could exert individually.
To share the sovereignty means, actually, that the States members delegate some of their decision-making powers in the common institutions created by them to be able democratically to make and at European level decisions on specific subjects from joint interest.
The main institutions responsible for the decision making are:
The European Parliament, that represents the citizens of the EU and is chosen directly by them;
The Council of the European Union, that represents the States individual members;
The European Commission, that defends the interests of the Union as a whole;
The Court of Justice, that guards by the fulfillment of the European legislation, and the National Audit Office, that the financing of the activities of the Union controls.
Diverse organisms also play a key role in the operation of the EU, among them honors the Committee of the Regions, that represents the regional and local authorities. The Committee of the Regions is a consultative organ integrated by regional and local representatives of Europe. The Committee must be consulted before decisions are taken from the EU on subjects that concern the local and regional government, such as the regional policy, the medio.ambiente, the education and the transport.
Castellón and the European Union
From the Council of Relations with the European Union, the City council of Castellón is going to take advantage of to the maximum the resources that the EU makes available of the local administration. These resources are translated in projects that, in the scope of the municipal competitions, will serve to improve the development of our city and to increase the quality of life of all the castellonenses