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The European Parliament
The Treaty of Lisbon established the European Parliament as an increasingly important pillar of the democratic foundation of the European Union. It is also a key player in shaping EU policy.
The European Parliament passes laws together with the Council of the European Union. It cannot adopt standards by itself, but there is rarely anything that can be decided upon without the European Parliament having its say. Like the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament cannot draft legislation. The European Commission has the right of initiative. Yet, the European Parliament can request the European Commission to submit a legislative proposal. Other important duties of the European Parliament include the supervision of the European Commission as well as monitoring and having input regarding the staffing of the other EU Institutions.
Follow the European Union website and EuroparlTV in the 24 official EU languages to find out more about the work of the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs):
You can also replay all Plenary sessions via webstream: