The European Commission represents the interests of the EU as a whole. It proposes new legislation to the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, and it ensures that EU law is correctly applied by member countries. A job with the European Commission, the largest of the institutions of the European Union, is a sought-after career for a growing number of Europe's brightest young people. Although competition for jobs may be extremely keen, rewards in terms of salary and responsibility are commensurate.