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EU structure. Parliament only directly elected body the legislative and budgetary authority 785 members every 5 years represent nearly 500 million citizens.

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1 EU structure

2 Parliament only directly elected body the legislative and budgetary authority 785 members every 5 years represent nearly 500 million citizens does not have legislative initiative have powers over the Commission which the Council does not

3 Parliament

4 Council main decision making bodies holds legislative and executive powers composed of twenty-seven national ministers accountable to national political systems votes taking- either by majority or unanimity, according to population

5 Council

6 Commission the executive branch composed of one appointee from each state independent of national interests responsible for drafting all law of the European Union led by a President who is nominated by the Council and approved by Parliamen

7 Commission

8 Court of Justice has the last word on Union law and is composed of 27 judges with a President elected from among them role is to ensure that Union law is applied in the same way across all states assisted by a lower court called the Court of First Instance of the European Communities a Civil Service Tribunal

9 Court of Justice

10 Court of Auditors has no judicial powers ensures taxpayer funds from the budget Union have been correctly spent provides an audit report for each financial year to the Council and Parliament

11 Court of Auditors

12 European Council At present is linked to the Council meets 4 times a year to define the Union's policy agenda and give impetus to integration Is going to be more formal and have its own, permanent, President of the European Council

13 European Council

14 European Central Bank the central bank for the eurozone controls monetary policy maintain price stability is governed by a board comprising of national bank governors and a President was designed to be independent of political influences

15 European Central Bank

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