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European Institutions

There are many European Institutions that work on issues that affect all young people.


European Commission

The European Commission located in Brussels, was created to represent the European interest common to all Member States of the Union. The Commission has a role as guardian of the Treaties and as a defender of the general interest in the EU. To be able to fill these tasks, the Commission has been given a right of initiative in the legislative process, proposing the legislation on which the European Parliament and the Council decide.

Youth issues in the commission are handled in the Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC).

The European Commission in Ireland.

The European Commission Representation in Ireland is part of the Commission’s network of representative offices throughout the Member States of the European Union.

European parliament

The European Parliament, in Brussels and Strasburg (Strasburg is the official location where plenary are held), is the elected body that represents the EU’s citizens and takes part in the legislative process.

Youth issues in the EP are handled by the Committee for Culture and Education

The European Parliament Office in Ireland


European Council

The European Council defines the general political direction and priorities of the European Union.  The European Council consists of the Heads of State or Government of the Member States, together with its President and the President of the Commission.  The European Council meets twice every six months, convened by its President.  Except where the Treaties provide otherwise, decisions of the European Council are taken by consensus.


European Youth Forum

The European Youth Forum (YFJ) is an independent, democratic, youth-led platform, representing 98 National Youth Councils and International Youth Organisations from across Europe. The YFJ works to empower young people to participate actively in society to improve their own lives, by representing and advocating their needs and interests and those of their organisations towards the European Institutions, the Council of Europe and the United Nations.


European Court of Justice

The Court of Justice of the European Communities, located in Luxembourg, is made up of one judge from each EU country and assisted by eight advocates-general. The Court’s job is to ensure that EU law is complied with, and that the treaties are correctly interpreted and applied.


European Economic and Social Committee

A bridge between Europe and organised civil society.  The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is a consultative body of the European Union.