European Commission (EC)

The European Commission is the EU’s executive body. It represents the interests of the European Union as a whole and not individual countries.

The Commission’s main roles are to:

  • propose legislation which is then adopted by the co-legislators, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers
  • enforce European law (where necessary with the help of the Court of Justice of the EU)
  • set a objectives and priorities for action, outlined yearly in the Commission Work Programme and work towards delivering them
  • manage and implement EU policies and the budget
  • represent the Union outside Europe (e.g. negotiating trade agreements between the EU and other countries)

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