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Gianni Pittella, First Vice-President of the European Parliament takes over as Acting President 18 June - 1 July 2014  

Martin Schulz has today been elected as group leader of the Socialists and Democrats and steps down as European Parliament President. (Read more: Gianni Pittella to be acting European Parliament President until 1 July 2014 )

 
 

Get to know Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts

Others Institutions17-06-2014 - 11:51
Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts, co-chairman and -woman of the Greens/EFA group  

Philippe Lamberts was appointed the new co-chair of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament in June alongside Germany's Rebecca Harms, who already co-chaired the group in the previous legislative term. Lamberts, from Belgium, succeeded Daniel Cohn-Bendit, from France. Find out more about Lamberts and Harms and their political platform in our two video interviews. (Read more: Get to know Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts )

 
 

Conference of Presidents: the backbone of the European Parliament

Others Institutions16-06-2014 - 16:19
The latest Conference of Presidents was held in the EP on the 27 of May 2014, two days after the elections of the new parliement.  

Made up of the leaders of the political groups and the EP president, the Conference of Presidents is an integral part of Parliamentary life, but do you know exactly what it does? If so, congratulations you are a Parliament expert. For those of us who aren´t, here is a summary of the main ways in which it affects Parliament's work. (Read more: Conference of Presidents: the backbone of the European Parliament )

 
 

Introducing Manfred Weber, the new EPP Group chairman

Others Institutions16-06-2014 - 15:09
 

Manfred Weber , German member of the CSU party, is the new Chairman of the European People's Party group at the European Parliament. He was elected on 4 June and succeeds French member Joseph Daul (UMP) at the helm of the biggest political group in the EP. Born in 1972 in Lower Bavaria, Manfred Weber is an engineer by training. Watch our video interview. (Read more: Introducing Manfred Weber, the new EPP Group chairman )

 
 

Picture perfect: winners of Parliament's guest photographer contest

Others Institutions / Culture13-06-2014 - 12:02
The 2014 Guest Photographers are: Gabor Szello, jury prize winner and Alessandra Giansante, public prize winner. ©(Top) Alessandra Giansante; (Bottom) Gabor Szello  

Gábor Szellő and Alessandra Giansante are the winners of our Guest Photographer contest. The competition took place from January until May with one theme per month. The 10 best entries were selected each month and published on our social media platforms. A panel of experts selected Mr Szellő as the jury winner while Ms Giansante was elected public winner after her pictures received the most likes in the Guest Photographer albums on Facebook and Flickr. (Read more: Picture perfect: winners of Parliament's guest photographer contest )

 
 

New MEPs: ready to take up office for the next five years

Others Institutions12-06-2014 - 18:07
(Left-Right): Morten Helveg Petersen, member of the ALDE group - and new ECR MEP Ian Duncan  

As new MEPs from across Europe arrive in Brussels to take up their position in the European Parliament, we met two of the new members: Dr Ian Duncan, a British member of the ECR group, and Morten Helveg Petersen, a Danish member of the ALDE group. Speaking to us in the second part of our series on new MEPs, they told us of their impressions of Brussels and the policies they intend to pursue for the next five years. The first parliamentary session starts in Strasbourg on 1 July. (Read more: New MEPs: ready to take up office for the next five years )

 
 

Europe's newly-elected MEPs make their way to Brussels

Others Institutions10-06-2014 - 10:00
New elected MEPs are making their way in Brussels. In the photo (L-R) Mercedes Bresso (IT, S&D) and Brian Hayes (IR, EPP) in their first day at the EP  

Nearly half of the MEPs starting in July will be new to the Parliament. While they will only become official members of Parliament upon receiving their voting cards on 1 July, political groups are already meeting. To help new MEPs, Parliament offers a welcome service in 24 languages to enable them to complete the paperwork necessary to take up office. We met with two newly-arrived MEPs as they acquainted themselves with their new surroundings. (Read more: Europe's newly-elected MEPs make their way to Brussels )

 
 

EP committees: at the heart of European politics

Others Institutions04-06-2014 - 15:54
MEPs are pictured during a committee meeting  

When MEPs take up their duties in the new Parliament, on 1 July, one of the first things to do is to see which parliamentary committees they will join. It is a key decision, 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. (Read more: EP committees: at the heart of European politics )

 
 
#EP2014 European elections night in social media  

Social media have transformed voting from a democratic duty into an event. Where before it was an anonymous act in the privacy of a voting booth, these days it is something you share on Facebook or Twitter, sometimes accompanied with a "stemfie" of yourself voting in the polling station. It has allowed a lively debate online in the weeks leading up to the elections. Perhaps this has helped to stabilise turnout after years of decline, but it is certain it has enabled people to become involved. (Read more: How social media enabled people to be a part of the European elections )

 
 

Elections buzz words: spitzenkandidaten, camembert and stemfie

Others Institutions02-06-2014 - 12:25
The buzz of the #EP2014 elections night  

Like all great events, the European elections also came with its own special jargon. The media delighted in using words such as spitzenkandidaten, camembert and stemfie, but what do they actually mean? We take a look at some of the most popular elections-related terms. (Read more: Elections buzz words: spitzenkandidaten, camembert and stemfie )