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17 Cards in this Set

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Who sits in the European Parliament?

751 directly elected MEPs

What are the 3 main roles of the European Parliament?

Legislative, supervisory and budgetary

What is the executive branch of the EU?

The European Commission

Who sits on the European Commission?

A team of commissioners, one from each EU country

Name some of the European Commission's roles.

Proposing, implementing and enforcing EU law, monitoring treaties, and representing the EU internationally

What is the role of the Council of the EU?

It shares legislative and budgetary powers with the European Parliament. It coordinates EU countries' policies and makes agreements between the EU and other states or international organisations

Who sits on the Council of the EU?

Government ministers from each EU states, according to the policy area being discussed

What is the role of the European Council?

Decides on the EU's political direction and sets its common foreign and defence policy

Who sits on the European Council?

Heads of state or government of EU member states

When/how does the European Council meet?

Quarterly summits

What is the role of the European Central Bank?

Manages the Euro, implements EU financial and economic policy

What is the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union?

Ensures that EU law is interpreted and applied the same way across all EU states and that all EU states abide by EU law

What is Canada's official connection to the EU?

It is one of the EU's 10 Strategic Partners

Names some of the ways that Canada works with the EU.

They hold joint summits on various issues, Canada participates in EU civilian and military missions and they cooperate on Arctic issues.

Name the recent economic treaty signed by Canada and the EU.

CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) was signed in 2014.

What is the Schengen Agreement?

It is a treaty that abolished border controls and harmonised visa policies between EU (and non-EU) states. It is a foundational treaty of the EU.

Name some current EU issues:

1. Refugee crisis, weakening of Schengen

2. Greek debt crisis

3. Russian aggression in Ukraine

4. Threat of Brexit from the EU