The European Union: What it is and what it does

March 10, 2023
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This publication is a guide to the European Union (EU) and what it does. The first section briefly explains what the EU is. The second section, ‘What the European Union does’, describes what the EU is doing in 40 different areas to improve the lives of people in Europe and further afield. The third section, ‘How the European Union makes decisions and takes action’, describes the institutions at the heart of the EU’s decision-making process and how their decisions are translated into actions.