The European Parliament in 30 seconds or less
The Local · 6 May 2009, 11:50
Published: 06 May 2009 11:50 GMT+02:00
The parliament’s powers have been growing steadily over the years, making it an ever more important institution in the shaping and passing of European laws. After the 2004 elections, the parliament even took the unprecedented step of vetoing a proposed member for the European Commission, the EU’s de facto executive body.
Once thought of as purely a sinecure for washed up European politicians, the parliament today is attracting up-and-comers on the political scene and exercising an increasing influence relative to the Commission and the EU’s Council of Ministers, a collection of government ministers from the member states which serves as the other half of the EU’s legislature.
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