In addition to the institutions, the EU organizational framework consists of a series of bodies and entites with advisory, financial and control functions:
- Committee of the Regions
- European Economic and Social Committee
- European External Action Service
- European Investment Bank
- European Ombudsman
- European Data Protection Supervisor
Committee of the Regions
The Committee of the Regions is the advisory body made up of representatives of local and regional authorities who are the spokespersons, at European level, of the interests of the regions. It is based in Brussels.
Economic and Social Committee
The Economic and Social Committee associates the different groups of economic and social interests to the realization of the European Union, allowing them to express a representative point of view of citizens, businesses and social groups in the European institutions. It is based in Brussels.
European External Action Service
The European External Action Serviceis the diplomatic service of the Union. As such, among other tasks, it manages diplomatic relations with countries outside the EU and assists the High Representative of the Unionin the management of foreign and security policy.
European Investment Bank
The European Investment Bank has the task of financing the realization of investments in the interest of the Europea Union.
The European Ombudsman investigated instances of maladministration by the EU institutions and bodies. The complaints taken into consideration by this body can be presented by European citizens or residents in Europe and companies based in the EU.
European Data Protection Supervisor
The Supervisorsafeguardsobservance of the privacy policies of European citizens by the institutions and the EU bodies.
The European agencies are specialized offices through whichhelp and advice is provided to the Member States and their citizens, and assistance tothe institutions of the Union.