How does the EU work ?

So many people have revealed that they know little about the way in which each Member State has direct influence on the workings of the European Union.

The organigram below sets out to show how the President of the European Commission is appointed after ratification by Heads of Government and the European parliament and after receiving a political mandate following the European Parliament election in 2014.

The diagram shows how the UK chooses to send its Commissioner to Brussels and how the budget and other Commission proposals are scrutinized and voted on by a democratically elected Parliament; 73 of its members represent the United Kingdom.

One tier which is not evident in our chart is how Heads of Government sitting as the European Council can block, change or supplement legislation and how the UK can use its veto in certain negotiations.


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