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The Directory: European and EU Institutions

Committee of the Regions (CoR)  

The EU assembly of regional and local representatives.

Council of Europe  

The Council of Europe is the continent's leading human rights organisation. It includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union. All Council of Europe member states have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, a treaty designed to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

Council of the European Union  

The Council of the EU is the institution representing the member states' governments. Also informally known as the EU Council, it is where national ministers from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies. The Council is an essential EU decision-maker. It negotiates and adopts new EU legislation, adapts it when necessary, and coordinates policies.

Europa is the official website of the European Union. It is a good starting point if you are looking for information and services provided by the EU but you don't know your way around our sites. This site gives you: basic information on how the EU works the latest EU news and events links to EU information on the websites of EU institutions and agencies.

Europa: Agencies of the EU  

Website for the specialised and decentralised EU agencies that have been established to support the EU Member States and their citizens as an answer to a desire for geographical devolution and the need to cope with new tasks of a legal, technical and/or scientific nature.

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)  

Aiming to make Europe a safer, healthier and more productive place to work.

European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products (EMEA)  

Agency with responsibility for the protection and promotion of public and animal health, through the evaluation and supervision of medicines for human and veterinary use.

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)  

Agency of the European Union which has been given specific regulatory tasks in the field of aviation safety.

European Central Bank (ECB)  

Official website of the European Central Bank.

European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)  

Ensuring that vocational education and training meets the needs of the citizen, the labour market and society, so that both economic and social development can thrive.

European Commission  

The European Commission is the EU's executive body. It represents the interests of the European Union as a whole (not the interests of individual countries). The term 'Commission' refers to both the College of Commissioners and to the institution itself.

European Commission: Departments and Services  

List of departments and services within the European Commission.

European Commission: Representation in the UK  

Speaking for the Commission as its voice in the UK, providing information about the European Union across the UK, and reporting back to the Commission in Brussels on political, economic and social developments.

European Commission: Representations (Member States)  

Gateway to the offices of each of the European Comission's Representations.

European Court of Auditors  

Conducts the audits of EU finances.

European Economic and Social Committee (ESC)  

A consultative body that gives representatives of Europe's socio-occupational interest groups, and others, a formal platform to express their points of view on EU issues.

European Environment Agency (EEA)  

A major information source for the general public and those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy.

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (European Foundation)  

Created to contribute to the planning and design of better living and working conditions in Europe.

European Information Network in the UK  

Brings together contact details for organisations and individuals in the United Kingdom that provide EU information and advice for the general public, business, and the academic community.

European Investment Bank (EIB)  

The long-term lending bank of the European Union.

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA/OEDT)  

Exists to provide the EU and its Member States with a factual overview of European drug problems and a solid evidence base to support the drugs debate.

European Ombudsman  

Investigates complaints about maladministration in the institutions and bodies of the European Union.

European Parliament (Europarl)  

Official website of the European Parliament.

European Training Foundation (ETF)  

Created to contribute to the development of the education and training systems of EU partner countries.


Europol is the European Union law enforcement organisation that handles criminal intelligence. Its aim is to improve the effectiveness and co operation between the competent authorities of the Member States in preventing and combating terrorism, unlawful drug trafficking and serious international organised crime.

Eurostat (Statistical Office of the European Communities)  

Broad range of statistical databases relating to the activities of the European Union.

Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market - Trade Marks and Designs (OHIM)  

Responsible for registering trade marks and designs that are valid in all 27 countries of the EU.

Office for Official Publications of the European Union  

Publishes materials by the institutions of the European Communities and the European Union.