In addition to the EU’s main institutions, which have been examined in the last five chapters, there exist a large number of other institutions. These institutions have a variety of roles and purposes. The more important of these additional institutions are examined in this chapter. In the negotiations that led to the Rome Treaties it was decided to establish a consultative body composed of representatives of socio-economic interests. There were four principal reasons for this decision. First, five of the six founding states – West Germany was the exception – had such bodies in their own national systems. The main role of these bodies was to provide a forum in which sectional interests could express their views and in so doing could supplement the popular will as expressed via parliaments.
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