Welcome to the European Parliament
What is the European Parliament? Why and how did it come into being? What does it do? What powers does it have and what is its political weight? What new powers has it acquired with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty? Where does it stand in relation to the other institutions of the European Union? What goals does it have for Europe and the world and how do these ambitions affect the daily lives of the peoples of Europe? What new challenges is it now facing? Lastly, what is the Parliament doing for you and why should you not miss the chance to vote for your MEP? These are of course just... some of the questions which might be asked, but in this brochure we will try to give clear and concise answers to them, answers which will show that ultimately the European Parliament is right next door to you, the citizens of Europe, and represents you every day.