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The European Commission is one of the main institutions of the European Union. It represents the general interest of the EU, rather than that of individual national governments or political parties. Its core responsibilities include proposing EU laws and policies and monitoring their implementation. Most Commission offices are located in Brussels and Luxembourg.
Two EU institutions – the European Parliament and the Council of the EU – develop EU policy, adopt laws and take decisions together with the European Commission.
The Court of Justice of the EU ensures the uniform interpretation of EU law and treaties. The European Central Bank determines the EU's monetary policy. The European Court of Auditors oversees the correct spending of the EU budget.