Understanding the institutions of the European Union is vital to understanding how it functions. This book provides students with a user-friendly introduction to the main institutions, and explains their different roles in the functioning and development of the European Union.
* introduces and explains the functions of all the main institutions dividing them into those that have a policy-making role, those that oversee and regulate, and those that operate in an advisory capacity
* provides students with an overview of the history of the European Union and the development of its institutions and considers their continuing importance to the success of the European Union
* clearly written by experienced and knowledgeable teachers of the subject
* presented in a student friendly format, providing boxed concepts and summaries, guides to further reading, figures and flowcharts, and a glossary of terms.
Part 1: How Does Europe Work? 1. Introduction: A history and overview of the European Union system Part 2: The Policy-Making Institutions 2. The European Council And The Council Of Ministers 3. The Commission 4. The European Parliament 5. The European Central Bank Part 3: The Oversight Institutions 6. The European Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance 7. The Court of Auditors 8. The Ombudsman Part 4: The Advisory Bodies 9. The Economic and Social Committee 10. The Committee Of The Regions Part 5: Conclusion 11. Making Europe Work Understanding European Institutions