About: European Parliament

EU Priorities 2020 04-12-2009

National Parliaments and the EU

National parliaments have come to play an increasingly important role in the functioning of the EU, cooperating with the European Commission and the European Parliament as well as with each other. The Lisbon Treaty further strengthens their influence on EU decision-making.
Elections 01-08-2004

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?
EU Priorities 2020 13-06-2003

Institutional reform

On 24 April 2003, the Convention Praesidium proposed that the enlarged Union should have a President of the European Council and a Foreign Minister. Other proposals for a new institutional architecture of the EU include downsizing the Commission to 15 members, setting up a Congress of national and EU parliamentarians, making the number of members of parliament more proportional to the size of countries' populations and changing the qualified majority voting system so that such a majority shall consist of the majority of Member States, representing at least 60 percent of the Union's population.