Economic and monetary union

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on European economic and monetary union. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

21.02.2014Causes of the eurozone crisis: a summary
The causes of the eurozone crisis are summarised in this two-page overview, which examines why Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Cyprus have had to take emergency loans - or "bailouts" - from other eurozone and EU governments and the IMF.
10.12.2013State Aid
State Aid is financial assistance provided by EU Member States to companies or industries and is generally prohibited under European Commission law. This note explains what counts as State Aid, the motivation for the rules and the notification process.
18.09.2013The economic impact of EU membership on the UK
How does membership of the EU affect the UK economy? How does the UK's situation compare with that of Norway or Switzerland? This note looks for the answers.
23.05.2013Voting Behaviour in the EU Council
This Note looks at the voting behaviour of Member States in the EU Council when a Qualified Majority is required for the adoption of an EU measure, and at other factors which may influence the outcome of a QMV decision. It also considers the UK's voting record and possible future scenarios when the voting rules change and the Eurozone expands.
11.12.2012Recent EU Treaty Amendments and UK Ratification
This Note outlines the three Treaty amendments that have been adopted under amended Article 48 TEU since the Lisbon Treaty came into force and how these amendments have been ratified in the UK.

Research Papers

16.12.2013Germany's 2013 election: shaping the future?
Where is Germany - the most influential country in Europe - heading, under its new grand coalition government?
30.08.2012European Union (Approval of Treaty Amendment Decision) Bill
This Bill enables the UK to ratify an amendment to Article 136 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union
27.03.2012The Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union: political issues
This paper looks at the background to the TSCG, the reasons for the UK's non-participation and some of the issues it raises, such as its effectiveness, its relationship with the EU Treaties and EU law, the use of the EU institutions in a non-EU treaty, and whether it could give rise to a 'two-speed' Europe and further UK isolation in the EU.
01.07.2003Economic indicators
Economic indicators. (Includes article on the RPI to HICP - a new inflation measure for the UK). House of Commons Library Research Paper 03/57.
04.06.2003The euro: background to the five economic tests
The euro: background to the five economic tests. House of Commons Library Research Paper 03/53.

Select Committee Reports

07.02.2012Euro area crisis.
European Union Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
22.03.2011Future of economic governance in the European Union.
European Union Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
08.03.2011Amending Article 136 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
European Union Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]

Early Day Motions

That this House notes that 21 years ago Margaret Thatcher was forced out of office; further notes that her opposition to a Single European Currency was a major contributing factor to ...
That this House notes the fact that the European Union is seeking to use 22 million euros of hard-pressed taxpayers' money to subsidise a mobile operating system called Symbian; further ...
That this House notes the comments by Professor Hans-Werner Sinn, head of the prestigious German IFO Institute, reported on 6 September 2010, that Greece abandoning the euro and re-establishing ...

Lords Library Notes

16.05.2012European Union (Approval of Treaty Amendment Decision) Bill (HL Bill 3 of 2012-13)
This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the European Union (Approval of Treaty Amendment Decision) Bill [HL] on 23 May 2012.
10.02.2012Debate on 16 February: Recent Developments in the European Union
This Library Note considers reaction to recent developments in the EU, ahead of the debate in the House of Lords on 16 February 2012.


  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses

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