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How the European Union works : your guide to the EU institutions.

Author: European Commission. Directorate-General Press and Communication.
Publisher: Luxembourg : Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : International government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The European Union (EU) is not a federal State like the United States of America because its member countries remain independent sovereign nations, nor is it a purely intergovernmental organization like the United Nations because the member countries do pool some of their sovereignty. They pool their sovereignty by taking joint decisions through shared institutions such as the European Parliament, which is elected  Read more...
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How the European Union works.
Luxembourg : Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, ©2007
(OCoLC)762073468
Material Type: Government publication, International government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: European Commission. Directorate-General Press and Communication.
ISBN: 927903653X 9789279036538
OCLC Number: 190863686
Notes: "NA-AK-06-482-EN-C"--Page 4 of cover.
"Manuscript completed in July 2007"--Page 2 of cover.
Description: 46 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Introducing the European Union --
The treaties --
How the EU takes decisions --
The European Parliament : voice of the people --
The Council of the European Union : promoting the common interest --
The Court of Justice : upholding the law --
The European Court of Auditors : getting value for your money --
The European Economic and Social Committee : a bridge to civil society --
The Committee of the Regions : bringing the EU closer to the public --
The European Investment Bank : financing economic development --
The European Central Bank : managing the euro --
The European Ombudsman : investigating your complaints --
The European Data Protection Supervisor : safeguarding your privacy --
Agencies.

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The European Union (EU) is not a federal State like the United States of America because its member countries remain independent sovereign nations, nor is it a purely intergovernmental organization like the United Nations because the member countries do pool some of their sovereignty. They pool their sovereignty by taking joint decisions through shared institutions such as the European Parliament, which is elected by the EU citizens, and the Council, which represents national government. They decide on the basis of proposals from the European Commission, which represents the interests of the EU as a whole. This publication examines question such as: What does each of these institutions do? How do they work together? Who is responsible for what? It also gives a brief overview of the agencies and other bodies that are involved in the European Union's work.--Publisher's description.

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