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Lates news and information from the European Parliament.

European Parliament - The Legislative Observatory
The aim is to provide the public in the EU Member States and applicant countries with a brief overview of certain inter-institutional legislative procedures and the European Parliament's input into those procedures, thereby enabling EU citizens to have a better understanding of subjects that are of importance for the European Union. The Observatory analyses and monitors the interinstitutional decision-making process in the European Union, the role of the European Parliament in shaping European legislation and the activities of the various institutions involved in the legislative procedure. It also monitors the proposals put forward by each new presidency of the Council of the European Union and the outcome of the different Council meetings.

Europarltv, web TV of the European Parliament
On 17 September 2008, the European Parliament launches on the Internet its own web television channel: Europarltv. From that moment, anyone in the world with Internet access can watch a regularly changing set of programmes based around the life of the Parliament.

Lobbyists activities - EP Legislative Observatory texts
Development of the framework for the activities of interest representatives (lobbyists) in the European institutions - European Parliament Legislative Observatory - COM(2007)0127 - A6-0105/2008

Review of the European Parliament in 2007
2007 was quite a year for the European Parliament and the European Union. The new Treaty of Lisbon was signed by the heads of state and government on 13 December. The new Treaty, once ratified, will lead to greater and wider powers for the European Parliament. On 25 March, the EU marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

European Parliament LUX Prize
Constructing Europe is also about supporting cultural diversity and the creative arts. At the moment when the European Union is celebrating its founding texts and is in the process of drafting an new treaty, the European Parliament has decided to create the LUX Prize (light). The objective of the LUX Prize is to illuminate the public debate on European integration and to facilitate the diffusion of European films in the European Union. The LUX Prize will finance the subtitling and the kinescope recording of the winning film in the 23 official EU languages. The original language recording will be adapted for sub-titling for hard of hearing and deaf people.

ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly was created out of a common desire to bring together the elected representatives of the European Community - the Members of the European Parliament - and the elected representatives of the African, Caribbean and Pacific states ("ACP countries") that have signed the Cotonou Agreement: it is the only institution of its kind in the world.

Decision-making in the European Union
Decision-making in the European Union involves a number of institutions, in particular the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.

European Parliament members
The European Parliament is currently composed of 731 members, directly elected to five-year terms.

European Parliament
The European Parliament (EP) is composed of 626 members, directly elected to five-year terms. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) form political rather than national groups. The European Parliament now has a limited legislative role thanks to the co-decision procedure introduced by the Maastricht Treaty. The Parliament acts as the EU's public forum, debating issues of public importance and questioning the Commission and the Council. The Parliament can amend or reject the EU budget.

Services directive - EP text
European Parliament legislative resolution on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on services in the internal market (COM(2004)0002 – C5-0069/2004 – 2004/0001(COD)) - text adopted 16 February 2006