This is your assembly, the only directly-elected European Union institution. On these pages you will find a short introduction to how the parliament works. We present its powers and functions, explain how Members of Parliament organise their work and explain how you can contact us. A last chapter is devoted to past events that have shaped the Parliament's role in the EU.
Strasbourg and Brussels seem remote from where you are? Stay informed about what is happening in the Parliament through our information pages and document services and via the information office in each EU country, where you find everything in your language.
You have something to say? Then make your voice heard. Petition the Parliament if you think that EU laws are being breached where you are. Or contact the European Ombudsman if you need a mediator. From 2012, EU citizens will also be able to start pan-European initiatives and call for new laws themselves with the new citizens' initiative.
You want to get personally involved in our work, or experience the Parliament first hand? Check out the possibilities of working with us as a trainee, during a study visit or as a new colleague.
Come and see for yourself how proposals become law and where your MEP has a say on the future of Europe. We offer a range of activities in Brussels and Strasbourg, so that whether you come alone, with your family, or in a group, there's something for you.
All EU citizens have a right of access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents. The European Parliament provides direct access to the majority of its documents in electronic format.