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The Treaty of Lisbon entered into force in December 2009, shortly after the beginning of the 7th legislative term. Parliament saw its powers grow under this Treaty; the codecision procedure became the ordinary legislative procedure, putting Parliament on an equal footing with the Council in nearly every policy area of the European Union, while its budgetary powers were reinforced as well.
During this term, the European Parliament, meeting in plenary session,
In the Legislative Observatory you will find key information for all legislative and non-legislative procedures carried out during this legislative term. (Source: Séance en direct - statistics)
Here is an indicative list of issues of major importance that were addressed during the last legislative term:
Parliament's new powers resulted in extensive negotiations with the Council on the multiannual financial framework of the European Union for the years 2014-2020, which led to the reform of the most important EU policies being finally adopted in November 2013.
Parliament's new powers with regard to giving consent to international agreements allowed it to prevent the conclusion of the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA), to secure renegotiation of agreements with the United States on access to banking data and data on air passengers and generally impose conditions when negotiating new trade agreements.
In the context of the financial crisis and the crisis in the euro area, the activity of the Parliament was particularly important in the field of economic governance, financial services, banking supervision and crisis management.
As regards collection of personal data by social networks, search engines and other online service providers, Parliament considered a major overhaul of rules on data protection in the EU.