European Institutions

The 7 main European Union institutions are:

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

This represent the 500 millions inhabitants of the European Union and plays a key role in electing the President of the European Commission. It shares power over the EU budget and legislation with the Council of the European Union.

The European Parliament

THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL

The EU’s broad priorities are set by the European Council, which bringstogheter national and EU-level leaders. It is led by its president and comprises national Heads of State or Government and the President of the Commission.

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

The Council of the European Union represents the governments of the individual Member States. The Presidency of the Council is shared by the Member States on a rotating basis.

The Council of the European Union

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

The EU’s executive body, it is responsible for proposing and implementing EU laws, monitoring the treaties and the day-to-day running of the EU.

The European Commission

THE COURT OF JUSTICE

the highest court in matters of EU laws. It interprets and ensures equal application of EU law across all Member States.

 The Court of Justice of the European Union

THE COURT OF AUDITORS

The Court of Auditors audits EU finances. As an external auditor, it contributes to imporoving Eu financial management and acts as the independent guardian of the financial interest of EU citizens.

The European Court of Auditors

THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK

The central bank for Europe’s single currency, the euro, its main task is to maintain the euro’s purchasing poxer and thus price stability in the euro area.

The European Central Bank