Despite the fact that the UK has left the European Union, the EU will remain one of the most important international institutions that dictate the lives of the people in the United Kingdom, as member states account for over 50% of UK’s total trade and are also a key ally in the world of security and technology.
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The European Commission is essentially the executive branch of the European Union – equivalent to the president or a prime minister – who is in charge of implementing legislation and managing the day to day administrative business of the EU. The Commission is made up of 27 Commissioners, one drawn from each member state, with one serving as the President of the Commission – currently, that is Ursula von der Leyen from Germany.
The president is proposed by the European Council and then voted on by the European Parliament – a largely similar method as with the UK Prime Minister being elected to the position by their party, never by the general electorate. The lifespan of a Commission is known by the incumbent president, with the current commission being the Von der Leyen Commission, since the European-wide elections in 2019.
Photo: European Commission Building