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The European Commission

Brussels - Belgium


The European Commission is the EU’s politically independent executive arm. It is alone responsible for drawing up proposals for new European legislation, and it implements the decisions of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.
What does the Commission do?
Proposes new laws

The Commission is the sole EU institution tabling laws for adoption by the Parliament and the Council that:

protect the interests of the EU and its citizens on issues that can’t be dealt with effectively at national level;
get technical details right by consulting experts and the public.

Manages EU policies & allocates EU funding

Sets EU spending priorities, together with the Council and Parliament.
Draws up annual budgets for approval by the Parliament and Council.
Supervises how the money is spent, under scrutiny by the Court of Auditors.

Enforces EU law

Together with the Court of Justice, ensures that EU law is properly applied in all the member countries.

Represents the EU internationally

Speaks on behalf of all EU countries in international bodies, in particular in areas of trade policy and humanitarian aid.
Negotiates international agreements for the EU.
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