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Lates news and information from the European Parliament.

Euro-MPs urge EU rethink on competition policy
A resolution adopted by the EP today, 9 March, highlights the need to assess the effectiveness of Member States' state-aid activities during the crisis, scale back the protectionist reflexes that it triggered and update EU competition rules, inter alia by revisiting the "fines only" policy. The EP lists on-line advertising, and the telecoms, pharmaceuticals and dairy sectors as areas needing further action.

Consumer protection under discussion by MEPS
The EU's internal market will be under scrutiny on Tuesday, 9 March, when a series of reports will be debated by MEPs in Strasbourg. Among the issues being discussed will be ways of resolving disputes without legal action and improving people's knowledge of the options open to them. The debate will be held Tuesday from 0900 CET and can be followed live online.

Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
Responsibilities, contacts and latest studies of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
Responsibilities, contacts and latest studies of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
Responsibilities, contacts and latest studies of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

Committee on International Trade
Responsibilities, contacts and latest studies of the Committee on International Trade

European Parliament Hearings of the Commissioners-designate
Between 11 and 19 January, the European Parliament held a series of public hearings with the 26 candidate Commissioners put forward by the Council and Commission President José-Manuel Barroso. The candidates were invited to public hearings by the appropriate parliamentary committee(s). They answered questions from MEPs to assess their abilities, particularly to deal with the issues in their portfolios. The committees' evaluations were then examined by Parliament's President and political group leaders.

DG Economic and Financial Affairs Contacts - European Commission
The European Commission's Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) strives to improve the economic wellbeing of the citizens of the European Union by developing and promoting policies that lead to sustainable economic growth, a high level of employment, stable public finances and financial stability.

EU Development Contacts

European Parliament's Committees: Internal Market

European Election Results in 2009
Results of the 2009 European elections - numbers of European Parliament seats by political group and by EU Member State

Powers of the European Parliament - briefing
In a wide range of policy areas, the European Parliament has equal decision-making power with the Council of Ministers from the 27 EU governments. Even in areas such as agriculture or foreign policy, where the Parliament is only consulted or informed, its debates and resolutions often lead the agenda at EU level and can influence the decisions of the Council. Parliament also has wide budgetary powers and exercises democratic control over all the European institutions.

European elections 2009 - briefing
Background information on the European Parliament and the European elections - information on the EP's powers, MEPs and elections, the history of European Parliament elections, multilingualism and electoral law.

Treaties of the European Union
The European Union is based on the rule of law. This means that everything that it does is derived from treaties, which are agreed on voluntarily and democratically by all Member States. Previously signed treaties have been changed and updated to keep up with developments in society.

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