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The European Commission is the executive body of the European Union. It proposes new legislation, assists Member States with the implementation of laws, and manages EU funds. This includes the drawing up of action plans in various policy areas, which frequently lay the basis for subsequent legislative proposals. Working documents and white and green papers are also frequently issued to similar effect.

The European Commission has its own working parties with responsibility for drafting new legislation. These are listed below. The Commission's Comitology Register makes it possible to search for and request documents from these working parties. There are now two Directorate-Generals responsible for Justice and Home Affairs issues: DG HOME, and DG JUSTICE.


Appeal Committee

Committee on a uniform visa format

DUBLIN II Committee

Eurodac Committee

European Refugee Fund Committee

Prevention of and Fight Against Crime

Prevention, Preparedness and Consequence Management of Terrorism and other Security Related Risks

Schengen Borders Code

Sirene Manual Committee

SIS II Committee

Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows

The Second Generation Schengen Information System and Visa Information System committee (SIS-VIS committee)

The Visa Committee

Travel Document Committee


Advisory Committee concerning jurisdiction, recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters – Brussels I

Advisory Committee on legal aid in cross-border disputes in civil and commercial matters

Appeal Committee

Civil Justice

Committee concerning applicable law, jurisdiction and enforcement in matrimonial matters, parental responsibility and maintenance obligations

Committee for the implementation of Daphne Programme

Committee for the specific programme "Fundamental Rights and Citizenship"

Committee on cooperation between the courts of the Member States in the taking of evidence in civil or commercial matters

Committee on the European Small Claims Procedure

Committee on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data

Committee on the service in the Member States of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil and commercial matters

Criminal Justice

Drug prevention and information

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