Ch 9: European Issues and Policies

About This Chapter

Watch informative video lessons to learn about the history and importance of many European issues and policies since the end of WWII. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

European Issues and Policies - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

All countries run into issues requiring important and often difficult decisions to be made. Policies, then, are the courses of action taken by governments in response to those issues. This chapter's instructor will introduce you to the history and current events related to a variety of policies concerning finances, agriculture, energy, sanitation and defense in Europe. As this chapter draws to a close, you should be familiar with the following topics:

  • The European Union's energy policy
  • Spending categories within the multiannual financial framework (MFF)
  • Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
  • The issues, committees and policies related to the European Union's foreign relations

Video Objective
The Six Spending Categories of the Multiannual Financial Framework This lesson explains the six spending categories, including sustainable growth, natural resources, global relations, administration and citizenship/freedom/security/justice.
Foreign Relations of the European Union: Issues, Policies & Committees Discusses the current issues being faced by the European Union, along with the committees and policies being used to deal with foreign relations.
The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP): Purpose, History & Current Events Explores the historical events leading to the formation of CAP and its current reform policies.
The Energy Policy of the European Union: History, Objectives & Events Explains the historical events leading to the formation of the Energy Policy of the European Union.
The European Ecodesign Directive: Description, Intent & Importance Outlines the ecological motivations behind the European Ecodesign Directive and its goals through 2020.
The Events & History of the Regional Policy of the European Union Discusses the historical events leading to the Regional Policy of the European Union, or the Cohesion Policy.
Stockholm Programme: Basis, Priorities & Focus Explores the ideas behind the Stockholm Programme's five-year plan and what its focus remains in its last year.
Policies Concerning Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) in the European Union (EU) Maps out the issues that arose with the water supply and sanitation in the European Union, which motivated these policies.
The Common Security and Defense Policy: Purpose, History & Scope Delves into the world security climate that gave rise to the Common Security and Defense Policy.
The European Institute for Gender Equality: History, Objectives & Operations Identifies why it was felt necessary to form the European Institute for Gender Equality.

10 Lessons in Chapter 9: European Issues and Policies
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The Six Spending Categories of the Multiannual Financial Framework

1. The Six Spending Categories of the Multiannual Financial Framework

In this lesson, we will study the European Union's Multiannual Financial Framework, paying special attention to its six spending categories and some of the programs supported by each of them.

Foreign Relations of the European Union: Issues, Policies & Committees

2. Foreign Relations of the European Union: Issues, Policies & Committees

In this lesson, we will study the European Union's foreign relations. We will explore the EU's most pressing foreign issues, the policies it sets to address them, and the people in charge of the EU's interactions with the rest of the world.

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP): Purpose, History & Current Events

3. The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP): Purpose, History & Current Events

In this lesson, we will take a look at the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy. We will examine its purpose, discover its history, and explore its current goals.

The Energy Policy of the European Union: History, Objectives & Events

4. The Energy Policy of the European Union: History, Objectives & Events

In this lesson, we will examine the European Union's energy policy. We will take an especially close look at the Energy 2020 strategy and the Roadmap 2050.

The European Ecodesign Directive: Description, Intent & Importance

5. The European Ecodesign Directive: Description, Intent & Importance

In this lesson, we will take a close look at the European Union's Ecodesign Directive, which is intended to help the Union meet its energy efficiency goals and cut Europe's energy usage by 20% by 2020.

The Events & History of the Regional Policy of the European Union

6. The Events & History of the Regional Policy of the European Union

In this lesson, we will examine the European Union's Regional Policy. We will look at its definition, history, functions, and focal points to better understand how it helps Union members grow and work together.

Stockholm Programme: Basis, Priorities & Focus

7. Stockholm Programme: Basis, Priorities & Focus

In this lesson, we will examine the Stockholm Programme, which helps the European Union establish its priorities about justice, freedom, and security. We will look at the Programme's definition, goals, and action plan and explore how the EU is preparing to move beyond the Programme.

Policies Concerning Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) in the European Union (EU)

8. Policies Concerning Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) in the European Union (EU)

In this lesson, we will study the European Union's policies dealing with water supply and sanitation. We will look especially at the Union's efforts to assist other nations in providing clean water and safe sanitation to their citizens.

The Common Security and Defense Policy: Purpose, History & Scope

9. The Common Security and Defense Policy: Purpose, History & Scope

In this lesson, we will study the European Union's Common Security and Defense Policy. We will pay close attention to its definition, its history, and its operation.

The European Institute for Gender Equality: History, Objectives & Operations

10. The European Institute for Gender Equality: History, Objectives & Operations

In this lesson, we will examine the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). We will study its vision and mission, its history, and its primary activities.

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