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Can the EU revoke a country’s membership?

There is no mechanism for the EU to revoke a country’s membership of the Union. Article 7 of the Treaty on European…

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What is the Conference on the Future of Europe?

The Conference on the Future of Europe is a proposal put forward by the European Commission and European Parliament aiming to consult…

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Will Poland leave the EU?

In October 2021, Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal ruled that the Polish constitution takes precedence over some EU laws. The European Commission has said…

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What is ‘rule of law conditionality’?

In December 2020, an EU regulation on ‘a general regime of conditionality for the EU budget’ was passed. The resulting ‘rule of…

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What is Strategic Autonomy?

Strategic Autonomy is a policy objective of the EU – put simply, the capacity to act independently. It started out as a…

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What is Fit for 55?

‘Fit for 55’ is the name for a package of EU policy measures which are designed to ensure the EU reaches its…

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What is CBAM?

CBAM stands for ‘Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism’, which is the EU’s planned new carbon border tax. It will require importers of certain…

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What is the Dublin Regulation?

The Dublin Regulation (also known as Dublin III) is EU law setting out which country is responsible for looking at an individual’s asylum application. This is usually…

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What is the Galileo programme?

Galileo is the EU’s global navigation satellite system which went live in 2016. It was created by the European Space Agency (ESA) and is operated by the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). 
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When a new country joins the EU, does free movement apply straight away?

When new countries join the EU, existing member states have in general been allowed to apply restrictions on the free movement rights of citizens from new member states for a transitional period.
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What is the consent procedure?

The consent mechanism is a decision-making procedure in the EU whereby the EU Council must seek the consent of the European Parliament.
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What is Article 49?

Article 49 of the Treaty on European Union sets out the procedure for countries to join the EU. Read this fact to find out more.
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