Goals of the EU

As a politically independent institution, the European Commission represents and upholds the interests of the EU as a whole. It proposes laws, policies and programmes that reflect the goals of the EU, such as promoting peace, freedom and prosperity.

Overview of EU goals and values

Political priorities of the EU

The European Council represents the heads of state or governments of EU countries. It defines the general political direction and priorities of the EU, and sets the longer-term policy agenda for the EU. 

The EU's political direction and priorities