European Union: Influence of the European

Report
European Union:
Influence of the European
Government on the UK business
climate
BTEC Business Unit 1 P4
Learning objectives
• Outline the role of government in creating the
business climate (p4)
• Be able to describe the role of the European
government in creating the business climate
• Success criteria: Create full bank of notes to
write up as a report.
First Task
• Google challenge – use the worksheet find the
terms – you have 10 mins!!!
• Timer: http://www.onlinestopwatch.com/rocket-timer/full-screen/
The answers!
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Letters of the EU – European Union
EU started in 1991
27 Countries are in the EU
Yes the UK is in the EU
3 Others from: (next slide)
Single currency is the Euro
Benefit is not changing money up - so smooth business
transactions, encourages trade between countries
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/theeuro/8575.html (video on benefits of the Euro)
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Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
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Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom
Second Task
• Make notes on your
worksheet to help you
write up your report:
What is the single market?
• Access to 500 million customers over 27
countries (rather than just the 60 million in
the UK)
• Free movement of good between borders of
27 countries – no payments to import or
export makes trade very attractive
• Free movement of workers between countries
– helps govt objective of full employment
• Grants for poorer countries to help them trade
What was the Maastricht Treaty of
1992?
• Started the EU
• Created the Euro
• Written to protect the rights of all employees
in all 27 countries
• Social Charter
– Minimum wage
– EU citizens can work in any EU country
– Max 48 hour working week
Advantages and disadvantages of
being part of the EU
Advantages
• Social Charter protects the
rights of employees
• Access to large single
market
Disadvantages
• European Parliament brought
in lots of tough laws:
• EU food labelling not allowed
to say 8 rashers or a dozen
eggs must sell through weight!
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/764 • Jam only jam if it has sugar in
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• Can’t sell straight bananas
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article• Threatens to call UK Chocolate
1289882/EU-ban-selling-eggs-dozenShopkeepers-fury-told-food-weighed-sold“Vegelate”
kilo.html
Report
• Write up all your notes
• Use lots of images
• Title is: Influence of European Government in
creating the business climate

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