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European Commission: Executive branch of the European Union
The European Commission (EC) is the executive branch of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the EU. Commissioners swear an oath at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg City, pledging to respect the treaties and to be completely independent in carrying out their duties during their mandate. The Commissioners are proposed by the Council of the European Union, on the basis of suggestions made by the national governments, and then appointed by the European Council after the approval of the European Parliament. It is common, although not a formal requirement, that the commissioners have previously held senior political positions, such as being a member of the European Parliament or a government minister.

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Google's fight against a 2.6 billion dollar EU antitrust fine will be played out over three days from Wednesday at Europe's second-highest court. Joe Davies reports.

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UK should be ‘more ambitious’ over post-Brexit EU trade, Von der Leyen tells MEPs

The European Commission president addressed the European Parliament’s first post-Brexit session in Strasbourg.View on euronews

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Coronavirus: EU health ministers called to Brussels for emergency talks [Video]

Coronavirus: EU health ministers called to Brussels for emergency talks

As the death toll from the Coronavirus increases, the EU Commission Is trying to send the message about the worrisome situation, but also to confirm that the EU is ready to confront the epidemic.View..

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European Commission update on coronavirus [Video]

European Commission update on coronavirus

The European Commission continues to work on all fronts to tackle the Coronavirus outbreak. The EU also announced on 31 January 2020 that it is providing €10 million from its research and innovation..

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EU Commission presents new enlargement strategy amid divisions over Albania and North Macedonia [Video]

EU Commission presents new enlargement strategy amid divisions over Albania and North Macedonia

EU Commission presents new enlargement strategy amid divisions over Albania and North Macedonia

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