The European Parliament’s fifth parliamentary term ends in June 2004 – but what has the EP actually done over the last five years?
To help the public understand what their elected representatives do, we have produced a review of Parliament's activities in the form of a series of background notes. These notes describe the EP’s general powers and responsibilities, summarise the last five years' legislative work and give a flavour of the resolutions adopted by Parliament on a range of political issues.
While providing detailed information on each topic, the notes also try not to lose sight of one overarching question: what does closer European integration mean for the ordinary member of the public, for each and every one of us?
By reviewing what has been happening ‘in Europe’ over the past few years, from agriculture policy to maritime safety, the notes also serve as an 'audit' of EU projects started and completed during this period by, or with a contribution from, the European Parliament.
We hope you enjoy reading these notes and that they stimulate your interest in the European Parliament and EU affairs.
Julian Priestley, Secretary General of the European Parliament