Western European Union (WEU)
Established: By protocols signed in Paris, France, October 23, 1954, effective May 6, 1955.
Purpose: Collective self-defense and political collaboration in support of European unity.
Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium.
Principal Organs: Council of Ministers, Permanent Council, Inter-Parliamentary European Security and Defense Assembly, Secretariat.
Web site: www.weu.int
Secretary General: Arnaud Jacomet (France).
Membership (10): Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom.
Associate Members (6): Czech Republic, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Turkey.
Associate Partners (8): Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia.
Observers (5): Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Sweden.
Official Languages: English, French.
Origin and development. The Western European Union (WEU) is the direct successor of the five-power Brussels Treaty Organization, which was established by the United Kingdom, France, and the Benelux states through the Treaty of Economic, Social, and Cultural Collaboration and Collective ...
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