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Transcript of EUROPEAN
The European Parliament is elected every five
years. Its members are called Members of the
European Parliament (MEPs). MEPs are elected
directly by EU citizens in each member state.
The parliament also has a president.
It approves European laws and co-ordinates
It controls all the institutions of the European
Strasbourg (France) and
THE EUROPEAN UNION
It is made up of ministers from each member
state. Each state takes turns presiding over the
Council for six months.
It approves European laws, co-ordinates
economic policies and directs security, defence
and foreign policy.
The commissioners represent each of the
member states. There are twenty-eight
commissioners including one that acts as
It is the ‘government’ of the European Union.
It proposes new laws and policies, and applies
established rules and regulations as directed
by the Parliament and Council.
The Court of Justice is made up of judges and
advocate generals. There is one judge from
each member state.
The Court of Justice upholds European laws.
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One member from each member state.
The Court of Auditors controls the money that
the European Union uses. It ensures that EU
money is used correctly.