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Glossary of summaries
Since 2001 and the European Commission's White Paper on the subject, the issue of governance has become an EU imperative. The expression 'European governance' designates the body of rules, procedures and practices that relate to the way powers are exercised in the EU. The objective is to strengthen democracy at European level and to bring citizens closer to the European institutions.
European governance is based on the following principles: