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The EU and its institutions


With the European Parliament starting a new five-year term and the next European Commission being formed, it’s time to take a look back at how the EU has changed our lives over the last 35 years. Our time machine app will take you back to 1979, the year of the first European elections. Read on for a trip to the past. (Read more: How European politics have changed our daily lives over the last 35 years )


Back to work after the summer recess, the European Parliament has plenty in its in-tray: climate change, foreign policy, illegal immigration, refugees, the EU's 2015 budget, scrutinising the new European Commission to be led by Jean-Claude Juncker… (Read more: Work in progress: what the Parliament will be focussing on the coming months )


Committee week: preparing the Parliament’s work

Others Institutions02-09-2014 - 11:32

With the summer recess over, parliamentary committees are meeting again this week. Which committee to join is one of the key decisions for new MEPs to take as it will determine in which field they will focus most of their efforts. Committees play a crucial role in policy-making, as they are responsible for drafting Parliament's positions on new legislative proposals. How do the committees operate? Read on and check out our infograghic to find out who the committee chairs are. (Read more: Committee week: preparing the Parliament’s work )


EP this week: foreign crises, economic concerns, EU budget

Others Institutions02-09-2014 - 10:19
EP building in Brussels  

MEPs resume business this week with most committees meeting for the first time after the summer break. Crises in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine will feature prominently in discussions and Italian ministers will present the priorities of the new Council presidency. MEPs will review growth prospects with Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem, while various committees will consider the EU's budget for next year. (Read more: EP this week: foreign crises, economic concerns, EU budget )

EP President Martin Schulz arrives at the European Council meeting of Saturday 30-08-2014 © The Council of the European Union  

“A direct military confrontation between Ukraine and Russia might well see the situation spiral completely out of control. The parties to the conflict and the international community must do everything in their power to prevent this from happening,” EP president Martin Schulz said, addressing heads of state and government at the start of a special meeting of the European Council on Saturday 30 August dedicated to appointing candidates for top EU jobs. (Read more: European Council summit: Schulz calls for political solution for Ukraine )

EP provides - illustration  

September is approaching and with it the start of parliamentary business. If you are running an online project, a web page or a blog and need factual information on the Parliament and the forthcoming commissioners hearings… We have the solution! The EP offers a wide range of infographics, videos, photos and interviews that you can use free of charge. Discover them with our online catalogue and use them for free for your products. Read on for more details. (Read more: Infographics, videos, slideshows... Discover our free-to-use editorial products )


Website maintenance Friday 29 August

Others Institutions28-08-2014 - 18:05
Website under maintenance, we will be back soon ©BELGA-V.Valka_Easyphotostock  

On Friday morning Parliament's website will undergo several updates (Read more: Website maintenance Friday 29 August )

Plenary at a glance Infographic - Institutions / Information27-08-2014 - 09:00

Following parliament has never been easier. Click on the graphic to follow the debates live, access the lists of speakers and find all the press releases. See what MEPs are tweeting about in the Newshub and don't forget to check out all the latest discussions on the Parliament's official Facebook page. (Read more: Plenary at a glance )


The secrets behind Parliament's colourful calendar

Others Institutions25-08-2014 - 09:00
Colours of the EP 2014 activity calendars  

The Parliament's short summer recess will be over after this week, so it is back to business. The colours of the parliamentary calendar illustrate what's on MEPs' schedule for that day. Find out what activities the different colours indicate. (Read more: The secrets behind Parliament's colourful calendar )

When words are not enough: selection of our best infographics Photo gallery - Institutions22-08-2014 - 09:00

Too tired to read an article? Check out our infographics instead! We have selected our best infographics for you in our slideshow. Still want more? Discover all of our infographics on our Pinterest page. (Read more: When words are not enough: selection of our best infographics )