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The EU Administration in Context

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This chapter analyses the effect of the post-World War II aspiration for a united Europe on the European Union (EU) administration. It then discusses the legal basis of the EU and the founding Treaties. The legal acts of the EU are the decision-making products that are the foundation of the integration process. The chapter analyses the direct effect of EU legal acts. The legal supremacy of EU legal acts is also discussed. The institutional power structure of the EU is analysed in order to assess its effect on the EU administration. The chapter also discusses whether the often-emphasized principle of the subsidiarity may be regarded as a principle for the division of powers. It further explores the influence of the EU institutions in the decision-making process of the European Union. Finally, the EU’s context and its implications for the EU administration are presented.

Keywords: EU Treaties; European Union (EU) administration; political decision-making process; United Europe

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