How the European Union Works: Your Guide to the EU Institutions, Volume 847

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Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Jan 1, 2007 - Electronic books - 46 pages
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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