The structure of European Union

The structure of European Union can be presented as Greek temple, which roof is supported by three pillars, whereas the base is created by decision-making processes and legal standards. After the Treaty of Lisbon entered into force (01.12.2009) this structure has mainly historical meaning.

The first pillar of European Union has economic character. It is created by three original organizational structures - European Community, European Coal and Steel Community and European Atomic Energy Community. This pillar cope with all topics that were domain of previously mentioned organizations, that is:

The second pillar include common foreign and security policy. The major tasks are:

The third pillar concerns co-operation in the fight against crime. Its main aims are preventing and fighting with: