EUROPEAN UNION (EU)

  • General Information

The European Union (EU) is a politico-economic union consisting of 28 European member states. Evolved in the aftermath of the Second World War, the EU’s main objectives include:

  • Promoting peace on the basis of economic co-operation and democracy
  • Promoting human rights, both within the EU and internationally
  • European Commission
  • Council of the European Union
  • European Council
  • Court of Justice of the European Union
  • European Central Bank
  • Court of Auditors
  • The European Parliament (elected every five years by EU citizens)
  • EU Institutions
  • European Commission
  • Council of the European Union
  • European Council
  • Court of Justice of the European Union
  • European Central Bank
  • Court of Auditors
  • The European Parliament (elected every five years by EU citizens)
  • Legislation

The EU’s standard decision-making procedure is known as 'Ordinary Legislative Procedure’ (ex "codecision"). This means that the directly elected European Parliament has to approve EU legislation together with the Council (the governments of the 28 EU countries). The Commission drafts and implements EU legislation.

  • Activities in respect of Child Support

Among the ‘Ten Priorities’ the European Commission follows, the one of ‘Justice and Fundamental Rights’ aims at making life easier for Europeans who study, work or get married in other EU countries; therefore, one of the Commission’s main goals, therefore, is to build bridges between the different national legal systems across the EU. A borderless and seamless European justice area will ensure that citizens can rely on a set of rights all across the continent.

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About the EU

EU Law

European Judicial Atlas in Civil Matters

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