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The Parliament is based in three different cities with numerous buildings.
A protocol attached to the Treaty of Amsterdam requires that 12 plenary sessions be held in Strasbourg . E xtra part sessions as well as committee meetings are held in Brussels. Luxembourg hosts the Secretariat of the European Parliament
The European Parliament Main R esponsibilities
1. Passing European laws jointly with the Council in many policy areas.
2. Parliament exercises democratic supervision over the other EU institutions, and in particular the Commission.
3. The power of the purse. Parliament shares with the Council authority over the EU budget and can therefore influence EU spending.
The Parliament’s decision is being taken by Political groups, Court and Court members.
They work for five years .
European commission represent executive power in EU.
It is an ind e pendent body.
The Commission operates as a cabinet government, with 27 Commissioners
Chairman and Commission members are appointed through consensus by the governments of member states .
Their seats are in Brussels and Luxembourg.
They work for five years.
The European Commission Main R esponsibilities
1. T o propose legislation to Parliament and the Council .
2. T o manage and implement EU policies and
the budget .
3. T o enforce European law (jointly with the
Court of Justice) .
4. T o represent the European Union on the international stage .
EU's main decision-making body.
It represents the Member States.
Their seats are in Brussels .
The council consist s of the President , Counc il members and Political parties .
European Council have met since 1974. They meet four times in a year.
The Council of the EU Main R esponsibilities
1. To pass European laws jointly with the European Parliament in many policy areas.
2. To coordinate the broad economic policies of the Member States.
3. To conclude international agreements between the EU and other countries or international organisations.
4. To approve the EU’s budget, jointly with the European Parliament.
5. To develop the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP).
6. To coordinate cooperation between the national courts and police forces in criminal matters.