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Plan 1What is the European Parliament 11 EP - the only supranational parliamentary institution 12 The role of EP within the EU 13 How the members are elected 2How the Parliament works 3The Political Structure of EP I What is the European Parliament The European Parliament one of the European Union institutions is remarkable that it is the only supranational parliamentary assembly in the world Its 626 Members who have been elected by universal suffrage since 1979 work together in political groups formed according to ideology not nationality They represent the people living in the fifteen member countries of the Union and therefore exercise democratic control at European level Parliament helps to draft amend and adopt European laws and budget and makes policy proposals MEPs take a keen interest in the defense of human rights and Parliament has relations with all the worlds democratically elected parliaments Parliaments Role The EC consists of large number of different institutions and thats why its very difficult to understand how they discharge their duties cooperate with each other and what is the role of every particular body Our aim is to present you the general outlook on the basic European institutions and show how they contribute to the process of legislation in Europe The process of legislation starts formally with the adoption of proposals by the Commission These proposals and ideas introduced by the Commission are then submitted to the Council of Ministers And it is for the Council of Ministers to discuss and if appropriate adopt or amend the proposals Therefore we can conclude that the Council is the main decision making body Speaking about the decision taking process there it must be pointed out that there are three methods of voting there unanimity which means that every single minister has to agree on the statement simple majority voting where at least 8 member states have to be in favor qualified weighed
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