Security and access 

With more than 7,000 people working on the premises of the European Parliament and more than 500,000 visitors received by Parliament every year, security plays an essential role in ensuring the smooth running of the institution.

The European Parliament – the only European Union institution elected by direct universal suffrage – thus protects people and property in its buildings and receives all its visitors efficiently, while maintaining the right balance between an adequate level of security and the traditional attitude of openness.

As gathering and processing of personal data are necessary in order to effectively carry out its role, the European Parliament attaches great importance to the right to privacy, seeking constantly to ensure compliance with the current legislation on personal data protection.

Data protection

The European Parliament processes some personal data of its Members, staff, contractors, visitors and internal/external partners for the two following purposes:

  • granting and controlling access to European Parliament premises
  • investigating security incidents and threats within the Parliament

Video surveillance

The European Parliament operates a video surveillance system, monitoring its buildings and perimeter. The system is used for safety and security purposes only. In accordance with guidelines by the European Data Protection Supervisor, the European Parliament has a Video-Surveillance Policy which contains all relevant characteristics of the system, as well as information relating to data protection and contact details. A summary of the Video-Surveillance Policy is attached to the Notice for Visitors on Data Protection (see above), the full version can be downloaded here: