European Commission initiatives to promote the general interest
of the European Union
Associate professor Ioana Nely MILITARU1
Lecturer Adriana MOŢATU2
Each institution of the Union has an interest in it. In this context, the Commission
is also namely, that of the Union, initially of the European Communities, thereby explaining
– and is pronounced supranational character of the institution. Representing the Union’s
general interest is reflected by Treaties. This paper presents the Commission’s initiatives
appropriate its functions to support the Union’s general interest.
Keywords: European Commission, European Union, the Treaty on European
Union (TEU), the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).
JEL Classification: K33
The Commission shall promote the general interest of the Union and take
appropriate initiatives to that end, according to art. 17 para. 1 of the Treaty on
European Union (TEU). As shown each EU institution representing an interest in
it, therefore the Commission representing the interests of the Union of
Communities initially, thereby explaining and pronounced supranational character
of this institution since its establishment.
Representing the Union's general interest is expressed by the fact that:
a. ensure the application of the Treaties and of measures adopted by the
institutions pursuant to them (depending on design);
b. oversee the application of Union law under the control of the Court of
Justice of the European Union (in her capacity as guardian of the
c. execute the budget and manage programs;
d. exercise coordinating, executive and management functions, in
accordance with the terms of the treaties;
e. ensure the external representation of the Union, except the Common
Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP);
f. shall initiate the Union's annual and multiannual programming with a
view to achieving interinstitutional agreements.
1 Ioana Nely Militaru – Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Department of Law,
2 Adriana Moţatu – Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Department of Law,