The European Commission is the EU's executive body and represents the interests of Europe as a whole (as opposed to the interests of individual countries). The term 'Commission' refers to both the college of commissioners and the institution itself – which has its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium with offices in Luxembourg. The Commission also has offices known as 'representations' in all EU member countries.

What We Do

The Commission's main roles are to:

  • set objectives and priorities for action
  • propose legislation to Parliament and Council
  • manage and implement EU policies and the budget
  • enforce European Law (jointly with the Court of Justice)
  • represent the EU outside Europe (negotiating trade agreements between the EU and other countries)