Ch 6: The Institutions of The European Union (EU)

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons about the European Union's institutions and learn about the European Parliament, the European Central Bank, the Court of Justice and more.

The Institutions of The European Union (EU) - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The European Union (EU) has established several sub-organizations to carry out necessary joint functions in banking, justice, and other operations that affect all members. In this chapter, you can learn about why these particular agencies have been created. You'll also get an overview of how they're set up and the ways in which they function. By the end of the chapter, you'll be able to:

  • Name the major institutions of the European Union
  • Describe the purpose of the European Union's institutions
  • Understand how these primary agencies of the European Union function
  • Identify the role and responsibilities of these entities

Video Objectives
The Structure and Purpose of the European Parliament Get an overview this governing body and how it works.
The European Council: Organization and Function Learn about the role of the European Council in member affairs.
The Council of the European Union: Description and Objective Explore the duties of the Council in managing EU member relationships.
The Organization and Responsibilities of the European Commission Understand the work of the European Commission and how it differs from other EU agencies.
Order and Authority of the Court of Justice of the European Union Learn about law enforcement and legal dispute resolution as practiced within the EU's court.
The European Central Bank: Structure and Purpose See the financial role of this banking agency.
The European Court of Auditors: Description and Function Get the details about this court and how it works.

6 Lessons in Chapter 6: The Institutions of The European Union (EU)
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Structure and Purpose of the European Parliament (EP)

1. The Structure and Purpose of the European Parliament (EP)

In this lesson, we explore the European Parliament, its history, how its delegates are elected, and how its mandate has changed over time as well as its growth as an institution.

The European Council: Organization and Function

2. The European Council: Organization and Function

In this lesson, we explore the European Council, an important and relatively recent institution of the European Union composed of the member states' leaders.

The Organization and Responsibilities of the European Commission (EC)

3. The Organization and Responsibilities of the European Commission (EC)

In this lesson, we explore the leading lawmaking organization of the European Union: the European Commission. We explore how its members are appointed and its wide mandate to govern Europe.

Order and Authority of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)

4. Order and Authority of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)

In this lesson, we explore the Court of Justice of the European Union, a court that has existed since Western Europe began international cooperation in the 1950s.

The European Central Bank (ECB): Structure and Purpose

5. The European Central Bank (ECB): Structure and Purpose

In this lesson, we explore the European Central Bank, an institution created to help implement the Euro that manages currency and financial transactions across the Eurozone.

The European Court of Auditors: Description and Function

6. The European Court of Auditors: Description and Function

In this lesson, we explore the history and functions of the European Court of Auditors, the EU's premier independent financial watchdog organization since the 1970s.

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