European Commission stands firmly with flood victims: Ursula tells PM Shehbaz

 

European Commission stands firmly with flood victims: Ursula tells PM Shehbaz

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen met with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and conveyed her personal condolences to the victims of the terrible floods.

In a tweet: “The EU Commission is with you. We will come forward with new humanitarian aid in the coming weeks, to support the people of Pakistan.”

What does the European Commission do?

Promotes the general interest of the EU by proposing and enforcing legislation as well as by implementing policies and the EU budget. A team or ‘College’ of Commissioners, 1 from each EU country. IT was established in 1958.

The European Commission is the EU’s politically independent executive arm. It is alone responsible for drawing up proposals for new European legislation, and it implements the decisions of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.

Political leadership is provided by a team of 27 Commissioners (one from each EU country) – led by the Commission President, who decides who is responsible for which policy area.

The College of Commissioners is composed of the President of the Commission, eight Vice-Presidents, including three Executive Vice-Presidents, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and 18 Commissioners, each responsible for a portfolio.

The day-to-day running of the Commission business is performed by its staff (lawyers, economists, etc.), organised into departments known as Directorates-General (DGs), each responsible for a specific policy area.