Thursday, May 10, 2007

European Parliament

The European Parliament. Do I need to say more? A lighter version on the EP can be read here.

To quote 'The European Parliament is the only directly-elected body of the European Union. The 785 Members of the European Parliament are there to represent the citizens of Europe. They are elected once every five years by voters right across the 27 Member States of the European Union on behalf of its 492 million citizens.'

EU lesson no.4: at the EU level, neither the Parliament nor the Council may initiate EU legislation, only the European Commission can do so.

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1 comment:

JO said...

"The 785 Members of the European Parliament are there to represent the citizens of Europe."

Absolutely, totally, unequivocally WRONG!

The first thing that MEP's are told on arriving in Brussels is that they are NOT there to represent their constituencies to the EU. They are there to represent the EU to their constituencies.
JO