European Parliament

The European Parliament is the only directly-elected body of the European Union. The 736 Members of the European Parliament are elected once every five years by voters right across the 27 Member States of the European Union on behalf of its 500 million citizens. The work of the European Parliament is important because in many policy areas, decisions on new European laws are made jointly by Parliament and the Council of Ministers, which represents Member States. Parliament also has joint power with the Council over the annual budget of the European Union

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EU US Swift agreement: new text

The new version of the SWIFT anti-terrorist agreement on bank data transfers to the USA was approved by the European Parliament on July 8 th, 2010. MEPs rejected the agreement in its previous form four months ago but since then have negotiated certain safeguards for Europe's citizens and won an undertaking that the EU will start work in the second half of this year on a European data processing system that precludes the need to transfer data in bulk to the USA.