How are members of the European Parliament organized in the Parliament?
MEPs in Parliament are organised into eight different parliamentary groups, including thirty non-attached members known as non-inscrits. The two largest groups are the European People’s Party (EPP) and the Socialists & Democrats (S&D).
How are European Parliament seats allocated?
Apportionment. The allocation of seats to each member state is based on the principle of degressive proportionality, so that, while the size of the population of each country is taken into account, smaller states elect more MEPs than is proportional to their populations.
What does a MEP do?
Your MEPs are your elected representatives in the EU and they represent your interests and those of your city or region in Europe. They listen to people with local and national concerns, interest groups and businesses. They can question and lobby the Commission and the Council of Ministers.
Who do MEPs represent?
MEPs are the elected representatives of EU citizens; they represent their interests and those of their cities or regions in Europe. They listen to people with local and national concerns, interest groups and businesses. They are EU lawmakers but can also scrutinise the Commission and the Council of Ministers.
Are there joint committees in the European Parliament?
Joint parliamentary committees are set up with candidate countries. There are also delegations to the ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly and the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly.
How are reports compiled in the European Parliament?
Reports are usually compiled by a rapporteur, who is appointed by the chairman of the committee, selected from amongst the members or permanent substitutes. The established system for the appointment of committee chairs follows the D’Hondt method.
How often do JPC meetings take place in Europe?
JPC meetings may take place up to three times per year either at one of the European Parliament’s seats (Brussels or Strasbourg) or in Turkey. The European Parliament has always attached great importance to close cooperation between Turkey and the European Union.
Can a committee of the European Parliament pass a bill?
Similarly, unless at least one-tenth of committee members object, committees can also pass legislation back to the commission without amendments. Committees are also able to produce non-legislative reports. The appointed rapporteur is responsible for preparing the report, and presenting it to Parliament on the committee’s behalf.