EU Parliament

23 Nov: History of the European Parliament

The European Parliament is an important forum for political debate and decision-making at EU level. It is the only directly elected body of the EU that represents the democratic character of the Union. It is the second largest democratic electorate in the world (after the Parliament of India) and the largest transnational democratic electorate in the world (approximately 400 million eligible voters)

Parliament plays a key role in the EU’s institutional balance, especially in the democratic oversight and political oversight of all European institutions.

The European Parliament was originally known as the Joint Assembly of the European Coal and Steel …

14 Jun: As Rule of Law blocks EU budget, EU Parliament proposes to sue EU Commission

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team 

In a recent turn of events, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), in their plenary session of 10 June 2021, instructed their president, David Sassoli, to demand that the EU Commission “fulfil its obligations” under the Rule of Law Conditionality Regulation. This formal request, made as a resolution, relates specifically to the new conditionality instrument to protect the EU budget Recovery Fund which was introduced on 1 January 2021. Whilst there has always been a battle for controlling power between the equally levelled European Parliament and the European Commission, such …