The European Union
The European Union is an organization open to the world, based on the common values of freedom, democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights. Its strategic aims include the consolidation of a stable and united democratic Europe, which speaks with its own voice on the international scene. The EU's responsibilities and influence in the world are steadily growing, in consonance with its economic, commercial and diplomatic importance: it is the world's number-one trading power, with a currency of reference, as well as the leading donor of humanitarian aid.
The strength and size of the European Single Market, its economic and social cohesion, the success of its integration, and the rights and freedoms enjoyed by its citizens—all are Europe's hallmarks for the world to see. Consolidating all of this, and continuing to advance in overcoming our common problems, is the ongoing challenge of all the people and States in the EU.
For Spain, European integration is uniquely important, as the keystone of our foreign policy and a synonym for greater prosperity and security for all our citizens. Today, Spain is one of biggest countries on the continent—in terms of population as well as GDP—and relies on the EU as a preferential vehicle for its integration within a globalised world.