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10/18/18 How Should We Best Understand the EU As a state? As a supranational organization? As Neither? As Both? European Commission Acts as “executive branch” of EU 27 Commissioners, each responsible for specific policy areas, representing the common European perspective. Proposes legislation and enforces laws Negotiates trade agreements Represents EU on international stage European Commission Selection Commissioners proposed by national govs. And approved by EP EP can exercise vote of no confidence. 1999 Santer Commission almost faced vote of no confidence because of corruption, so resigned. EU Commission and Bureaucracy EU Commission is designed to reflect “EU Interests” Not supposed to receive instructions from home country EU Commission administers bureaucracy 26,000 bureaucrats employed by EU Because of authority, EU was accused of having a surfeit of democracy Council of Ministers (Council of European Union) EU “Senate” (Upper House of Legislature) Represents Member state preferences
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