the Treaty on European Union (Consolidated Version)†
I. TEXT OF THE TREATY
- TITLE I—Common provisions
- TITLE II—Provisions amending the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community with a view to establishing the European Community
- TITLE III—Provisions amending the Treaty establishing the European Coal and Steel Community
- TITLE IV—Provisions amending the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community
- TITLE V—Provisions on a common foreign and security policy
- TITLE VI—Provisions on police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters
- TITLE VII—Provisions on enhanced cooperation
- TITLE VIII—Final provisions
By this Treaty, the HIGH CONTRACTING PARTIES establish among themselves a EUROPEAN UNION, hereinafter called "the Union".
This Treaty marks a new stage in the process of creating an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe, in which decisions are taken as openly as possible and as closely as possible to the citizen.
The Union shall be founded on the European Communities, supplemented by the policies and forms of cooperation established by this Treaty. Its task shall be to organise, in a manner demonstrating consistency and solidarity, relations between the Member States and between their peoples.
(Title I, Article 1)