The European Commission (EC) is the 'engine room' of the EU. It is one of 3 main EU institutions; the other two are the European Parliament (EP) and the Council (of the European Union).
The Commission prepares legislation for adoption by the Council (representing the member countries) and the Parliament (representing the citizens).
It is responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the EU. It also administers the budget and the policy programmes (Agriculture, Fisheries, Research etc.) in cooperation with authorities in the member countries. The EC also services the 28 EU Commissioners.
Fields of study: Multidisciplinary
Parent institution: European Union