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Understanding Europe in 100 seconds: The institutions of the European Union

Met dank overgenomen van Duits voorzitterschap Europese Unie 2e helft 2020 (Duits Voorzitterschap), gepubliceerd op zondag 2 augustus 2020.

Who does what in Brussels? What role does the European Parliament play, what is the European Commission responsible for? What is the difference between the European Council and the Council of the EU? The EU from Germany’s perspective, in 100 seconds.

The European Union (EU) has a profound impact on the lives of all Europeans. But how can its citizens influence EU policy?

Political decisions in Europe are negotiated by the major European institutions - the Parliament, the Commission and the Council. The interests of European citizens are not only represented by members of the European Parliament. Members of the European Council, which brings together the heads of state and government in the EU, and the Council of the European Union, in which the respective ministries of the member states convene, are each democratically elected at the national level. Meanwhile, the European Commission must be confirmed by the European Parliament.

Our short film from Germany’s perspective shows not only how EU citizens influence the Union’s policies when deciding who to elect, but also explains how laws are made and which competences the respective institutions have in each case.

Understanding Europe in 100 seconds

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