Established in 1952, The European Parliament (EP) is one of the greatest reflections of the EU’s motto “United in Diversity” by bringing parliamentarians from different political affiliations and various European countries together. In this sense, the European Parliament directly represents the political will of approximately 500 million EU citizens, from Portugal to Cyprus, Sweden to Malta. The European Parliament constitutes the major legislative branch of the European Union, acts upon budgetary and regulatory affairs of the Union together with the Council of the European Union. The implementation of Lisbon Treaty in 2009 vastly expanded the Parliament’s powers, and enabled EP to impose sanctionary power concerning the fundamental human right violations and infringements of democracy when necessary.
The European Parliament is made up of 751 representatives, who play a vital role in implementing European rules and norms. These 751 Members of the Parliament (MEP’s) are currently divided into 8 groups in the House, in accordance with their political affiliations. Namely, European People’s Party, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, European Conservatives AND Reformists, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, European United Left (Nordic Green Left), European Free Alliance (The Greens), Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group and lastly Europe of Nations and Freedom Group are represented in the EP. In addition to these groups, there are 18 Non-Attached members in the Parliament. The current President of the European Parliament is Antonio Tajani, who took office on 17 January 2017 after the resignation of Martin Schulz.
Agenda Item: same sex marriage and terrorism