The European Parliament is the only directly-elected EU body and one of the largest democratic assemblies in the world. Its 751 Members are there to represent the EU's 500 million citizens. They are elected once every five years by voters from across the 28 Member States.
Do you want to know how the Parliament is organised? Once elected, Members organise along political lines. They form political groups to better defend their positions. Currently there are seven groups.
Most of Parliament's in-depth work is done in specialised committees that prepare reports that will later be voted on in the plenary.
The Parliament's rules of procedure provide a detailed framework for the Parliament at work. Being a representative of all European citizens, the assembly's multilingualism has become one of its most important aspects. Parliamentary documents are published in all the official languages of the EU and every MEP has the right to speak in the official language of their choice.
Article 232 of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union (TFEU) states that the European Parliament shall adopt Rules of Procedure. These are Parliament's internal organisational and operational rules.
The Think Tank page provides a look behind the scenes of the European Parliament. It allows people to consult many of the same documents that MEPs used when deciding on European legislation.
The links gathered on this page give an insight into the inner workings of the EU's only directly-elected institution.