In addition to the institutions, the EU organizational framework includes a series of bodies, offices and agencies with advisory, financial and control functions:
- European Committee of the Regions (CoR)
- European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
- European External Action Service (EEAS)
- European Investment Bank (EIB)
- European Ombudsman
- European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)
Committee of the Regions
The Committee of the Regions is an advisory body composed of locally and regionally elected representatives coming from all 28 Member States and representing local and regional interests at European level.
Economic and Social Committee
The Economic and Social Committee is an advisory body including economic stakeholders and social parties, which represent the interests of citizens, businesses and social groups before the European institutions.
European External Action Service
The European External Action Service is the diplomatic service of the Union. As such, it provides assistance to the High Representative of the Union for common foreign and security policy in the management of the EU’s diplomatic relations with third countries.
European Investment Bank
The European Investment Bank provides funding for projects to reach the EU’s objectives. It operates for the safeguard of the Union interests.
The European Ombudsman investigates cases of alledged maladministration by the EU institutions and bodies. All European citizens, residents and businesses are allowed to appeal to the Ombudsman.
European Data Protection Supervisor
The Supervisor ensures that EU institutions and bodies are compliant with the rules on privacy of European citizens.
The European agencies are independent bodies whose task is to provide assistance to EU institutions and advice to Member States and their citizens.