The European Union. SUPRANATIONAL ORGANIZATION. Integrated states, with the main purpose of sharing common rules and policies in order to strengthen these states economic and political clout in the international community. Confederation EU nations have ceded some sovereignty to the EU.
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Key Policy Areas
- Trade: (EEC) Euro. Econ. Community
- Monetary System (UK has opted out)
- Agriculture: (CAP) Common Agriculture Policy – protects
European farmers, Largest item in the EU budget
- Justice: (ECJ) Euro. Court of Justice
- Human Rights
Key Institutions of Government
Commission – 28 members, exec branch, initiates and implements policies and programs
Council of Ministers – center of policy decisions
Court of Justice: 28 justices, 6 yr terms( Lux)
Parliament – shares policy making, weakest inst ( directly elected, based on population