There are 7 institutions in the European Union set-up according to the Lisbon Treaty: European Commission, European Parliament, Council of the European Union, European Council, European Court of Justice and the Court of Auditors and the European Central Bank.
The Committee of the Regions, the European Union body representing local and regional governments across the EU, is part of the EU law-making process and has to be consulted by the EU institutions on policy areas that impact the regional and local levels.
The focus on this page is given to the EU institutions involved in the legislation making process and cooperating closely with the Committee of the Regions.
Members of the European Parliament represent the citizens of the EU, and play an active role in drafting legislation which has an impact on the daily lives of the Italians.
Council of the European Union
In the Council of the EU
, ministers from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies. They also develop the common foreign and security policy, conclude international agreements on behalf of the Union and adopt the Union's budget together with the European Parliament.
They represent the interest of the countries of the EU.
In the European Council
, the Heads of State, EU President and President of the Commission meet to define the EU's political priorities.
It draws up proposals for new EU legislation, monitors the correct implementation of the Treaties and European law, implements common policies and manages funds.