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Section highlightThe People’s NHS Part of an initiative to engage the public in creating a safe and sustainable health service for the future.
Spreading the word »Action on the ground to increase learning materials in the medium of Welsh.Learn more »
First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
- Local Government Democracy Bill approved
- Minister welcomes report which could change shape and structure of education delivery in Wales for the better
- First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
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- Business and economy
- Children and young people
- Culture and sport
- Education and skills
- Environment and countryside
- Equality and diversity
- Health and social care
- Housing and community
- Improving public services
Welsh languageWelsh-language technology and digital media action plan
The action plan sets out our commitment to drive developments in the field of Welsh-language technology and digital media.Learn more »
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
The Strategy for Older People in Wales 2013-2023 »The 3rd phase focuses on ensuring that older people in Wales have the resources to deal with the challenges and opportunities they face.Learn more »
- A new vision for a National Youth Work Strategy
- The future delivery of education services in Wales
- Consultation on Draft Technical Advice Note (TAN) 23 Economic Development
- Draft industrial and commercial sector plan
- Waste Prevention Programme
- Building Control system and Approved Document supporting regulation 7
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Section highlightIndex of Planning Policy Guidance for Wales
Our land use planning policy guidance is set out in two core documents, "Planning Policy Wales" and "Minerals Planning Policy Wales".
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
Infrastructure Investment Case Studies »
Examples of infrastructure investment projects funded by the Welsh Government across Wales.Learn more »
What is the European Union?
The European Union (EU) is a unique partnership of 27 countries committed to work closely together for the benefit of all their citizens for peace and prosperity.
The origins of the EU are rooted in the desire for peace in Europe after the two World Wars. 6 countries (Belgium, France, West Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands) felt that industrial cooperation held the key to peace and created the European Coal and Steel Community in 1951. This developed significantly in 1957 when these founder members created the European Economic Community (EEC) which aimed to create a common market with free movement of goods, services, capital and labour. The EEC underwent a further transformation in 1992 to become the European Union.
From humble origins based on industrial cooperation the EU developed to include a customs union, a common agricultural policy, atomic power co-operation, a single currency (for some), and a single market (the largest in the world!). Today the EU co-ordinates policy across a wide range of issues: justice and home affairs, regional development, industry and competitiveness, telecommunications, transport, research, education, health, youth, culture, agriculture, development aid and foreign policy.
The EU has also expanded geographically. It now comprises 27 members with more countries waiting in the wings to become members. Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Turkey, Iceland and Montenegro are candidates to join the EU.
The 27 Member States are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The UK joined in 1973.
The EU covers a land area of 4,324,782 km; has over 150,000 km of coastline; and a population of some 498 million people.