European Commission

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Activity summary:

The scope of the Commission’s activities range from trade, industry and social policies to agriculture, the environment, energy, regional development, external relations, and overseas development. Before it issues an item of draft legislation, the Commission carries out extensive preliminary soundings and discussions with governments, industry, the trade unions, special interest groups and, when necessary, technical experts.
In preparing legislation, the Commission also takes account of the prevailing economic, political and social realities. Once a Commission proposal has been submitted to the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament, the three institutions work together to produce a satisfactory result.