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Plenary Week in the Parliament

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Saturday, 01 October 2005

Plenary Week in the Parliament

This week the European Parliament holds its plenary session in Strasbourg. This is the opportunity for the 732 members of the EP to vote in or to reject EU legislation.
MEPs also have a chance to question EU Commissioners and national ministers from whichever country is currently chairing the EU. The Commission holds its weekly meeting in Strasbourg whenever the Parliament is meeting there, giving MEPs a forum to quiz them on upcoming proposals for legislation. The Commission proposes new laws and rules, while the EP and the Council of ministers have the power to adapt and approve legislation.

Reflections on a changing institution
1979 marked the first direct elections to the European Parliament. In total 410 members from 9 countries were elected through universal suffrage.
The role of the European Parliament is key also for the ACP countries since it approves the EU development policy and the corresponding budget.