New Parliament [Archived]


The newly elected post-enlargement Parliament will still be dominated by the two biggest political families. Under the new Constitution, the Parliament will gain in power but will it be able to deliver?

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Since 1979, the European Parliament has been directly elected every five years. Between 10-13 June 2004, twenty-five countries sent 732 new members to the European Parliament. These newly elected MEPs will represent 455m EU citizens, up from the 380m of the EU-15 [figures released by Eurostat in March 2004].

The powers of the European Parliament have grown considerably in the last twelve years, with first the 1992 Maastricht Treaty and then the 1997 Amsterdam Treaty expanding the Parliament's involvement in passing EU legislation, its say over the EU budget and its powers of control over the appointment of the European Commission.