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Look at the benefits of these agencies

30 August, 2019

• I’D like to say thank you to Michael Romberg (More unites than divides, August 22) for saying that the European Union’s political goals were clear from the outset.

The goals of the 1951 European Coal and Steel Community, and later, the 1957 European Economic Community and the European Atomic Energy Community, were declared at the time.

All this was done long before the United Kingdom even first applied to join under Harold Macmillan in 1961. Richard Corbett MEP has pointed out how this was well understood in the UK – before the UK finally joined on the third attempt in 1973.

Denmark and Ireland also joined in 1973. Norway would have joined too after applying to join the EEC in 1962 but a referendum in Norway in 1972 went against.

Michael Romberg wrote “On other issues, such as education, health, criminal law, there is barely a role for the EU”.

Running schools, hospitals and criminal courts is a job for each country. The EU has a supporting role. There is the Erasmus+ programme for university exchange, youth and sport.

It is related to the Horizon 2020 science programme, the Creative Europe arts programme, the European Alliance for Apprenticeships, the European Social Fund and regional development funds.

There is the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control ( that gives early warning of the spread of infections. It works with national health services and with the European Medicines Agency (

There is the Eurojust courts co-operation system (, that helps tackle the money laundering of the proceeds of crimes like drug smuggling and human trafficking.

Eurojust works with the European Police Agency (, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction ( There are 33 agencies of the EU. All offer a benefit to this country and our neighbours.

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