The European Commission is the guardian of the European treaties and defends the European interests. It is the main initiator of European legislation when it has the authority from the treaties.
Council of the European Union
The Council of the European Union is the institution composed by the governments of the 28 Member States of the EU. The Council will coordinate and decide on all policies of the EU.
The European Parliament is the only institution directly elected by the people of the European Union. In EU legislation the European Parliament is either directly involved in the making of legislation where the treaties allow it to do so, or it gives important opinions on those pieces of legislation where it is not a co-legislator.
Committee of the Regions
The committee of the regions is made up of all the regions in Europe. It gives its opinion on legislation within the EU.
European Economic and Social Committee
The European Economic and Social Committee contributes to strengthening the democratic legitimacy and effectiveness of the European Union by enabling civil society organisations from the Member States to express their views at European level.
Any EU citizen or entity may appeal the Ombudsman to investigate an EU institution on the grounds of maladministration: administrative irregularities, unfairness, discrimination, abuse of power, failure to reply, refusal of information or unnecessary delay.
EU Press office
For all the latest news from the EU: http://europa.eu/rapid/latest-press-releases.htm
European Trade with third countries (Kenya, Ecuador, Russia, Columbia)