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Our work at the EU

The EU comprises various decision-making bodies. The European Commission is the EU’s executive body which ensures that member states follow EU law. The two legislative bodies are the European Parliament, directly elected by the public throughout the EU, and the Council of the European Union, comprising parliamentarians from member states.  

Amnesty International lobbies all these institutions to ensure the EU puts human rights protection at the heart of all its policies. Our work includes letters to representatives, briefing documents, meeting MEPs or other EU officials, taking part in committees or round-table discussions. We give prominence to and provide information on human rights abuses, and recommend how the EU should act. Our work with the EU comprises: asylum and migration, human rights in the EU (including counter-terrorism, discrimination, criminal justice), economic and social rights (including the rights of Roma and corporate accountability), and EU foreign relations.

Twice every year, Amnesty International issues a list of recommendations to the rotating six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union to encourage the presidency country to set the agenda for achieving tangible improvements on human rights issues within Europe.

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