WF040 - The European Union

Gap-fill exercise

Fill in all the gaps, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. You can also click on the "[?]" button to get a clue. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints or clues!

Read the text about the European Union! Use the words in brackets to form a word that fits into the blanks !




After World War II , The European Coal and Steel Community  began to unite European countries (ECONOMY) and politically in order to secure (LAST) peace. In 1957, the six (FOUND) countries created the European Community. As time went, on more and more countries joined the union. In 1991, the Treaty of Maastricht (FORMAL)  established the EU as a (SUCCESS) to the EC. It introduced the (DEVELOP) of a common foreign and (SECURE)  policy. For the first time, it allowed citizens to move (FREE) within the union. In 2002, the (NATION) currencies were (PLACE) with a single currency, the Euro. In the 21st century the (ENLARGE) of the EU eastward welcomed 10 former Communist countries.

The EU describes (IT) as a family of democratic European countries , (COMMIT) to working together for peace and (PROSPER).  It promotes the integration of Europe through:

  • a common currency
  • the freedom of (MOVE) between member states.
  • trading markets (WITH) borders
  • a common foreign policy



The institutions of the EU form the framework of (COOPERATE)  between the 28 member states. The European Commission engages in the day-today work of (RUN) the EU. It is the (LEGISLATION) body of the union. Its commissioners are appointed by the Council of Ministers , in (AGREE) with the member states, and are then approved by the European Parliament.

The European Council, also known as the Council of Ministers , is the main (DECIDE)- making body of the EU.  It represents the interests of the member states, with each  member (BE) represented by its own ministers.

The members of the European Parliament are elected every 5 years in  a Europe-wide (ELECT) . In (ADD) to considering the Commission’s  (PROPOSE) it oversees the (IMPLEMENT) of the EU budget.