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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
Internet short cut for Welsh village with the longest name
The Welsh village with the longest name in the UK has succeeded in at least making one thing a whole lot shorter – the time it takes to surf the internet.
- Cardiff Airport key to Wales’ position in global market – First Minister
- Consultation on proposals for ground-breaking legislation to reform arrangements for renting homes
- Internet short cut for Welsh village with the longest name
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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.
National minimum standards for regulated child care »These standards determine whether child minding and day care settings are providing adequate care for children under the age of 8.Learn more »
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Renting Homes White Paper
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Development of a national standards and outcomes framework for Children and Young People's advocacy services in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
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.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.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.