About the European Parliament.

The European Parliament is the only directly-elected European Union institution.

Over the years the European Parliament has gained more power

The three main roles of the European Parliament are:

  • debating and passing European laws, with the Council
  • scrutinising other EU institutions, particularly the Commission, to make sure they are working democratically
  • debating and adopting the EU's budget, with the Council.

The European Parliament also works closely with national parliaments of EU countries allowing it to bring national perspectives into the European Parliament's deliberations.

To learn more click here for everything you always wanted to know about the ordinary legislative procedure. This will visually guide you through the process, from the Commission proposal to the stage when the legislative proposal is adopted and becomes official or not adopted and the procedure is ended. Click on the icons at each stage to learn more about deadlines, voting, citizen's involvement, the resulting document, statistics and more information.

Compare the ordinary legislative procedure of the European Parliament with the Passage of a Bill through our own UK Parliament.

MEPs meet in Strasbourg for the final plenary sitting of the 2009-2014 parliament from Monday 11th - Thursday 17th April. The European Parliament completed the final session of its seventh term, passing 70 acts. Between 2009 and 2014 the European Parliament adopted 970 legislative acts.

Europeans will be able to vote for members of the European Parliament on May 22nd 2014, it is the only directly-elected European Union institution. 

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