: The European Parliament :
The European Parliament is an important forum for political debate and decision-making at the EU level. The 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEP) are directly elected for 5 year terms by voters in all Member States to represent people’s interests with regard to EU law-making and to make sure other EU institutions are working democratically.
Over the years and with subsequent changes in European treaties, the Parliament has acquired substantial legislative and budgetary powers that allow it to set, together with the representatives of the governments of the Member States in the Council, the direction in which the European project is heading. In doing so, the Parliament has sought to promote democracy and human rights – not only in Europe, but also throughout the world.