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European Parliament This link opens in a new windowDirectly elected by EU citizens, the Parliament acts as a co-legislator, sharing with the Council of the EU the power to adopt and amend legislative proposals and to decide on the EU budget. It also supervises the work of the Commission and other EU bodies and cooperates with national parliaments of EU countries to get their input.
Committees This link opens in a new windowMembers of Parliament are divided up amongst 20 topic-based standing committees. A committee consists of between 25 and 73 full members and an equivalent number of substitutes.
Legislative Observatory (OEIL) This link opens in a new windowThe Legislative Observatory database was set up in 1994 as a tool to monitor the EU’s institutional decision-making process. Its particular focus is on the European Parliament's role.
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