EuropeanUnionEuropeanParliamentEuropeanCommissionCourt ofJusticeCourt ofAuditorsEuropeanCouncilCouncil of theEuropeanUnionIreland holdsthe Presidencyin 2013
EuropeanUnionEuropeanParliamentEuropeanCommissionEuropeanCouncilCouncil of theEuropean Union
European ParliamentThe Parliament has threebuildings:• One in Brussels, Belgium• Another inStrausbourg, France• And Luxembourg, thehome of the GeneralSecretariat.
European ParliamentThere are 754 MEPs –elected by people allaround the EU
• Parliament is the “first Institution” of the EU.• The Commission is a smaller group that proposesideas to the large Parliament group for them todiscuss and vote on ideas
President of theEuropean Parliament• The currentpresident of theEuropeanParliament is MartinSchulz.(German)His term will last for two and ahalf years.
EuropeanCommission• Proposes Legislation• 27 Members – elected fromthe Parliament• If the Parliament andcouncil pass a new piece oflegislation, it is up to theCommission to enforce it –Court of Justice• It also spends the EU budget– Court of Auditors.
EuropeanCommission• The President iselected by theParliament –José Manuel Barroso(Portugal)
European CouncilThis is a group of all the heads of state.
European CouncilThe current presidentof the EuropeanCouncil is HermanVan Rompuy(Belgium)
Council of theEuropean Union• The presidency is held by a country not aperson.• The presidency rotates every 6 months.• The meetings include ministers from memberstates , for example a meeting aboutagriculture would include all the ministers ofagriculture from the states – 27 representatives
Irish Presidency of Councilof the European UnionFrom January 2013 to June 2013.On Wednesday, 24th April we watched a livestream of an informal meeting of EnergyMinisters in Dublin. Pat Rabbitte andGünther Oettinger spoke about the plan forsustaining energy until 2020 and beyond.