The European Commission was created to represent the European interest common to all Member States of the Union. So that it can play its role as guardian of the
Treaties and defender of the general interest, the Commission has been given a right of initiative in the legislative process, proposing the legislation on
which the European Parliament and the Council decide.
The Commission is also responsible for implementing common policies (like the common agricultural policy); it administers the budget and manages the Union's
Although the Commission has the right to take any initiative it considers appropriate to attain the objectives of the Treaties, most proposals are a response
to legal obligations, technical requirements or to a specific request for action from another institution, a Member State or from the interested parties.