A parliament by its very nature debates and legislates on just about everything of importance to the people, and the European Parliament is no different. The economy, society and citizens are at the centre of its interests and activities and in our features we bring together articles and interviews on topics of interest to everyone. Read on, check our features and join our discussions on Facebook and LinkedIn by clicking on the links to the right.
The Parliament is constantly looking at ways to improve the way the economy is run, balance government accounts while help the weakest economies weather the crisis with the EU budget as a vital engine for growth.
Find out more in our features on economic governance, the mortgage market and the 2012 and long-term EU budgets.
ACTA started out as an agreement to stop counterfeiting and internet piracy, but was later opposed as a threat to privacy and citizens' rights. It culminated in a dramatic "no" vote in the EP plenary in July. Find out more in our ACTA feature.
The Parliament's work is all about citizens. Not just about making sure their voices are heard when new EU policies are being created, but also to protect their rights as consumers, for example when they are travelling or sitting down to eat. Find out more in our features on the citizens' initiative, travel and food safety.
Praise where praise is due
Europe continues to make a difference in the world, be it promoting freedom in the Arab world, pushing for gender equality, or using cinema to pass on important messages. Efforts to create a better world are recognised by the EP each year. Find out more in our features on Women's Day, Sakharov and the LUX Prize.