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Terms in relation to any form or structure of social order governing the life of a group of people in a community. Institutions are acknowledged for a particular purpose IE education, law, or police forces.

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High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Organizations; Institutions

The Amsterdam Treaty created the post of the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, the first holder of which was Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council. The Lisbon ...


Organizations; Institutions

The Permanent Representatives Committee or Coreper (Article 240 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union – TFEU) is responsible for preparing the work of the Council of the European ...


Organizations; Institutions

Set up by a Council Decision in 2002, Eurojust is the body entrusted with reinforcing the fight against serious crime through closer judicial cooperation within the European Union.

The Court of Justice of the European Union

Organizations; Institutions

The Court of Justice interprets EU law to make sure it is applied in the same way in all EU countries. It also settles legal disputes between EU governments and EU institutions. Individuals, ...

Council of the European Union

Organizations; Institutions

Also informally known as the EU Council, this is where national ministers from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies. Not to be confused with the European Council – another EU ...

European Economic and Social Committee

Organizations; Institutions

Representatives of Europe's employers, workers and other interest groups can express their views on EU issues through the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). It is a consultative assembly, ...

EU Court of Auditors

Organizations; Institutions

The European Court of Auditors audits EU finances. Its role is to improve EU financial management and report on the use of public funds. It was set up in 1975 and is based in Luxembourg.

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