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The EU and its institutions

The President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and the acting President of the European Parliament Gianni Pittella, at the start of the European Summit meeting on the 27-06-2014 in Brussels ©The Council of the European Union  

The European elections in May are a turning point for the EU as for the first time all major European parties presented lead candidates for the post of Commission president, acting EP president Gianni told European leaders. In a speech to the European Council on 27 June, he said: “The process of lead candidates has deepened a European-wide debate about European issues,” he said. “And without doubt, via this process the EU has become closer to its citizens, more transparent and more democratic.” (Read more: Gianni Pittella: "European elections have been a turning point for the EU” )


The first act of the newly-elected European Parliament when it meets on 1 July will be to elect its President. The acting President, Gianni Pittella, who has been re-elected to Parliament, will preside over the election of the new President, under Rule 14 of Parliament's Rules of Procedure. (Read more: Election of new EP President, 14 Vice-Presidents and five Quaestors )


The 26-27 June European Council will discuss inter alia the nomination of a candidate President for the European Commission, on whom the European Parliament is to vote at its 14-17 July plenary session in Strasbourg. The Council will also discuss this issue with Parliament’s acting President Gianni Pittella on Friday morning in Brussels. (Read more: European Parliament press kit for the 26-27 June European Council )


Gabriele Zimmer re-elected as GUE/NGL group chair

Others Institutions25-06-2014 - 16:06

Gabriele Zimmer, a German member of Die Linke party, has been re-elected as the chair of the European United Left / Nordic Green Left group in the European Parliament. She already held the office in the previous legislative term from March 2012 onwards, when she replaced Lothar Bisky, a fellow German member of Die Linke party. Watch the video interview to find out more about her group's political course and the appointment of the Commission president. (Read more: Gabriele Zimmer re-elected as GUE/NGL group chair )


Parliament starts its new term with seven political groups

Others Institutions25-06-2014 - 12:53
EP election results camembert  

Seven political groups have now been recognised as fulfilling the necessary criteria and will be starting their work at next week’s plenary session in Strasbourg where Parliament’s top posts will be decided by MEPs. Parliament rules foresee that political groups should have at least 25 MEPs from seven different member states. Read on to find out more about the political groups and their leaders. (Read more: Parliament starts its new term with seven political groups )


Conference of Presidents in Rome

Others European Council / Institutions24-06-2014 - 11:11
Family photo of the EP Conference of Presidents held in Rome on the 23/06/2014  

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi welcomed the Parliament's Conference of Presidents, chaired by interim EP president Gianni Pittella, to Rome, ahead of his country taking over the presidency of the EU Council on 1 July. (Read more: Conference of Presidents in Rome )


The secrets behind Parliament's colourful calendar

Others Institutions / Parliament's Rules of Procedure23-06-2014 - 12:47
Colours of the EP 2014 activity calendars  

Red, blue, pink, turquoise... These are not the different shades of the rainbow, but the colours marking the activities of the Parliament. The weeks in the Parliamentary calendar are coded with different colours each indicating that period’s particular activities. Here is a short guide to the colours that will be directing the work of the new Parliament for the next five years. (Read more: The secrets behind Parliament's colourful calendar )


New MEPs on the starting block

Others Institutions19-06-2014 - 10:42
María Teresa Rodríguez-Rubio Vázquez,  Terry Reintke and Kristina Winberg  

Four weeks after the elections, new MEPs are still arriving as they familiarise themselves with their work environment and get ready for their first plenary session on 1-3 July in Strasbourg. In the third part of our series on newcomers, Teresa Rodríguez-Rubio, a Spanish member of the GUE/NGL group, Terry Reintke, a German member of the Green group, and Kristina Winberg, an EFD member from Sweden, share their first impressions of the Parliament. (Read more: New MEPs on the starting block )