The European Parliament The European Parlament is elected by the citizens of the European Union to represent their interests. Its origins go back to the 1950s and since 1979 its members have been directly elected by the people they rapresent.
Election <ul><li>Election are held every five years, and every EU citizen is entitled to vote, and stand as a candidate, wherever they live in EU. The latest elections were in June 2004 </li></ul>
Members <ul><li>The present parliament has 785 members from all 27 UE countries. Nearly one third of them are women. In principle, the number of Members of the European Parliament shall not exceed 736 from the next parliamentary term on. The Members sit in seven Europe-wide political groups. </li></ul>
Commission & Commissioners <ul>The Commission: <li>Promotes the general interest of the Union and ensures the application of European treaties.
Proposes legislation and manage action programmes
Is responsible for implementing the decisions made by the Parliament and the Council