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European Commission: Executive branch of the European Union
The European Commission (EC) is the executive branch of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, enforcing EU laws and directing the union's administrative operations. Commissioners swear an oath at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg City, pledging to respect the treaties and to be completely independent in carrying out their duties during their mandate. The Commissioners are proposed by the Council of the European Union, on the basis of suggestions made by the national governments, and then appointed by the European Council after the approval of the European Parliament. It is common, although not a formal requirement, that the commissioners have previously held senior political positions, such as being a member of the European Parliament or a government minister.

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EU chief: Treatment of France 'not acceptable' [Video]

EU chief: Treatment of France 'not acceptable'

In an exclusive interview with Amanpour, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said “a lot of open questions” about the AUKUS deal have to be answered.

Credit: Bleacher Report AOL     Duration: 13:46Published
European Commission launches new department for preparing and responding to health emergencies [Video]

European Commission launches new department for preparing and responding to health emergencies

The European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) will initially start with €30 billion in funding.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:58Published
EU Commission misses deadline to trigger rule of law mechanism and faces potential lawsuit [Video]

EU Commission misses deadline to trigger rule of law mechanism and faces potential lawsuit

The European Parliament gave the executive two months to activate a conditionality system that links the reception of EU funds with respect for the rule of law and fundamental rights.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:39Published

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