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The institutions are there to serve the people and countries that make up the EU, but what do they do? Check out our infographic for a brief guide to the EU's institutions.

Infographic with key facts about the different EU institutions 

Find out what the Parliament does and what the responsibilities of the European Commission are. Check out what we mean by the European Council and how it is different from the Council of the European Union.


A new European Parliament will be elected in May and one of the first tasks of the new MEPs will be to hold hearings for the commissioners-designate before approving the new European Commission. Before the whole process begins, find out about the role of each EU institution by checking out our infographic.