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This subject guide is designed to help you find information, books, databases, journals, reference sources, internet resources, and more available through Suna Kıraç Library's print and online resources about European Union-Turkey relations.
The European Commission is the EU's executive body and represents the interests of Europe as a whole (as opposed to the interests of individual countries).
The term 'Commission' refers to both the college of commissioners and the institution itself – which has its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium with offices in Luxembourg. The Commission also has offices known as 'representations' in all EU member countries.
Want to know about the EU and how it works? This site explains the purpose of the EU and how the various institutions work. It also covers EU finances, the Union’s legal foundations and its policies and activities.
The European Parliament is the only directly-elected body of the European Union. The 754 Members of the European Parliament are there to represent you, the citizen. They are elected once every five years by voters right across the 27 Member States of the European Union on behalf of its 500 million citizens.
The European Council defines the general political direction and priorities of the European Union. With the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon on 1 December 2009, it became an institution. Its President is Herman Van Rompuy.
The Court of Justice interprets EU law to make sure it is applied in the same way in all EU countries. It also settles legal disputes between EU governments and EU institutions. Individuals, companies or organisations can also bring cases before the Court if they feel their rights have been infringed by an EU institution.