Template:EU institutions

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Institutions of the European Union[1]
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European Council

- Provides impetus and direction -

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Council of the European Union

- Legislature -

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European Parliament

- Legislature -

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European Commission

- Executive -

Members of the European Council 2011
Council of the EU and European Council meeting room in the Europa building
European Parliament
European Commission building
  • composed of twenty-eight national ministers (one per state)
  • informally known as the "Council of Ministers" or just "the Council"
  • acts together with the Parliament as a legislature
  • shares with the Parliament the budgetary power
  • ensures coordination of the broad economic and social policy and sets out guidelines for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)
  • concludes international agreements
  • based in Brussels
  • acts together with the Council (of the European Union) as a legislature
  • shares with the Council (of the European Union) the budgetary power
  • exerts the democratic control over the institutions including the European Commission and approves the Commission members
  • based in and plenary sessions in Strasbourg, primarily meets in Brussels
Court of Justice of the European Union

- Judiciary -

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European Central Bank

- Central bank -

European Court of Auditors

- Financial auditor -

ECJ room
European Central Bank
ECA building
  • ensures the uniform application and interpretation of European law
  • has the power to decide legal disputes between member states, the institutions, businesses and individuals
  • based in Luxembourg