|Author (Corporate)||European Parliament: DG Parliamentary Research Services|
|Publisher||European Parliament: European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS)|
|Series Title||In-Depth Analysis|
|Series Details||PE 637.942|
|Publication Date||April 2019|
|Content Type||Research Paper|
As the only European Union institution elected directly, the European Parliament is at the heart of representative democracy, the foundation upon which the EU is built. Since its creation, the Parliament’s powers have evolved significantly, transforming it into a full-fledged legislative body and forum of discussion and engagement, whose influence is felt in virtually all areas of EU activity.
This paper provides an overview of the European Parliament's main powers, demonstrating how they interact, and illustrating through practical examples from the most recent parliamentary term (2014-2019) the various ways in which the Parliament uses those powers in its daily work.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||European Parliament|
|Keywords||Decision-Making | Policy-Making
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|