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The European venture has been going on for 50 years. Special terms have come to denote the concepts, rules, processes and institutions to emerge from it.

There is nothing unusual about this: each major innovation generates new words ("Internet" is convincing proof of this).

These words from the "European vocabulary" frequently appear in the Convention's working papers, so it is useful to know what they mean. Also, some of the definitions listed here provide an understanding of how the Union now functions and what are its core principles.

Some words or expressions are particularly important because they serve as references for most definitions in the "European vocabulary", they are the:

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