Most of the literature considers the structure of the European Union as a really originl one. Throught the years several definitions have been given to it: governance, multilevel governance, something not clear between a federation an international organization. At the moment all these definitions seem to lose some of their ground considering that the national governments are increasingly more present on the arena.
One of the things that still remains important, decisive for the European Union as it is and will be in the next year is the definition of the budget every year and the decision on where to allocate it. That is what we will be doing in this number of NEU, going through thr different policy ambits. Have a good reading.