(The Parliament building in Strasbourg)

Firstly and most importantly for you is the European Parliament. Directly elected by EU voters every 5 years, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) represent the people. Parliament is one of the EU’s main law-making institutions, along with the Council of the European Union ('the Council').The Parliament meet once a month for a week's Plenary session is Strasbourg. The other weeks of the month are spent at Committee meetings in Brussels and doing constituency work.

(The hemicycle in Strasbourg)


The European Parliament has three main roles:

  • debating and passing European laws, with the Council
  • scrutinising other EU institutions, particularly the Commission, to make sure they are working democratically
  • debating and adopting the EU's budget, with the Council

First and foremost your MEPs are in the European Parliament to represent your views to the EU.