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Institutions of the European Union[1]
""Council of the EU and European Council.svg
"European Council

- Provides impetus and direction -

""Council of the EU and European Council.svg
"Council of the European Union

- "Legislature -

""European Parliament logo.svg
"European Parliament

- "Legislature -

""European Commission.svg
"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 -

""Logo European Central Bank.svg
"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
  1. ^ Consolidated version of the Treaty on European Union/Title III: Provisions on the Institutions
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