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European Parliament: Directly elected parliament of the European Union
The European Parliament (EP) is one of three legislative branches of the European Union and one of its seven institutions. Together with the Council of the European Union, it adopts European legislation, commonly on the proposal of the European Commission. The Parliament is composed of 705 members (MEPs). It represents the second-largest democratic electorate in the world and the largest trans-national democratic electorate in the world.

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EU 'not prepared for next pandemic', say MEPs [Video]

EU 'not prepared for next pandemic', say MEPs

MEPs from the European Parliament's committee responsible for public health have said that the EU will not be ready for another pandemic, unless more funds are put towards it.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:44Published
Golden Dawn: Calls to exclude convicted far-right MEP Ioannis Lagos from European Parliament [Video]

Golden Dawn: Calls to exclude convicted far-right MEP Ioannis Lagos from European Parliament

Ioannis Lagos, one of the leaders of the far-right Golden Dawn political party, was this week found guilty of running it as a criminal organisation.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:21Published
EU plans for health union to boost pandemic preparedness [Video]

EU plans for health union to boost pandemic preparedness

European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, announced on Wednesday her plans for a European Health Union during her first State of the Union address to the European Parliament. But what will..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:48Published
Michel Barnier departs London’s EU liaison office [Video]

Michel Barnier departs London’s EU liaison office

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier was greeted by reporters as he departed the European Parliament’s Liaison Office in London on Thursday. Mr Barnier is in the UK capital..

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