EU policy areas
As well as maintaining the single market, the EU runs a number of specific policies in different areas. The Common Agricultural Policy aims to support European farmers, while the Common Fisheries Policy opens the seas to European fishermen. Member states coordinate efforts to be more green through the Energy Policy and Environmental Policy and have some involvement in social policy.
There are also joint EU efforts on moving around, EU Transport Policy, and on extraditing suspected criminals, the European Arrest Warrant. The EU maintains a passport-free area for most of its members, created by the Schengen Convention. Together with this, the EU countries share some immigration and asylum policies.
These policies are paid for out of the EU budget.