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In the past: An overview


The European Parliament has evolved significantly over the years, steadily accruing additional responsibilities and gaining in importance. While its predecessor the Assembly was merely there to supervise, the Parliament today is the only directly-elected EU institution, charged with representing people’s interests. In addition to shaping and deciding on new legislation, it is also responsible for scrutinising the EU institutions and promoting human rights in and outside Europe. In this section you will find out more about how the Parliament has developed over time.

European Parliament timeline

Check out our timeline to see how the European Parliament has evolved over the years and check out the photos and videos from the historic events that have shaped the Parliament.

European Union time machine

Since the first European elections in 1979, European politics have changed our daily lives. Travel back in time and find out how.