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The European Parliament is directly elected by citizens of the 28 EU member countries. It is made up of 751 elected Members (MEPs). 73 of them are from the UK. Elections take place across the EU every five years under a system of proportional representation.
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Forthcoming Events

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How can people better engage with the European Parliament? What can the European Parliament do to support engagement? We're asking this of 11-25 year olds in the UK.
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The European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, will be in town to give the latest update on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Treaty negotiations currently under way between the EU and US.
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The UK has 73 MEPs in the European Parliament. Over the next few months we're arranging small breakfast meetings for you to meet them and discuss the big EU-related topics ahead of the general election.
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Latest News from the UK Office

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MEPs return to Brussels on 2nd February for a mixed week of Committee meetings and Political Group meetings. In the European Parliament MEPs are not organised by nationality, but by political affiliation. They sit in political groups. To do the preparatory work for Parliament’s sessions MEPs meet in specialised standing committees. The political make-up of committees reflects that of the Parliament. Their work includes drawing up, amending and adopting legislative proposals and own-initiative reports.
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Member states may decide to ban GMO crops on their territory. ©BELGAIMAGE/EASYSTOCKFOTO/S.Bouchard
EU-US negotiations on the TTIP free trade agreement are continuing. The deal which is expected to create new jobs and boost economies on both sides of the Atlantic touches upon sensitive issues, not least rules for the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). On 27 January the international trade and legal affairs committees held a joint public hearing to shed light on the issues at play.
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The fees that banks charge retailers for processing shoppers’ payments would be capped under draft EU rules endorsed by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs in a vote on Tuesday. The vote confirms an informal deal struck with the Council in December. The cap would apply to both cross-border and domestic card-based payments and should cut costs for card users.
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The ultimate owners of companies will have to be listed in central registers in EU countries, open both to the authorities and to people with a "legitimate interest", such as journalists, under a Parliament/Council deal endorsed by the Economic and Monetary Affairs and Civil Liberties committees on Tuesday. The new anti-money laundering directive aims to help to fight money laundering, tax crimes and terrorist financing. New rules to make it easier to trace transfers of funds were also approved.
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Education Resources

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Free education sessions at Europe House. Specially designed to be interactive, politically neutral and suitable for for 11-18 year olds at schools and colleges, including those studying for GCSE, A-Level and BTEC qualifications. They are completely free of charge.
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How can people better engage with the European Parliament? What can the European Parliament do to support engagement? We're asking this of 11-25 year olds in the UK.
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EUROSCOLA brings together about 600 students from all over the European Union for a day in Strasbourg discussing aspects of European integration, in multilingual working groups of 100 students. It is open to students aged 16-18.
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A history of the debate about the UK's relationship with the EU as seen through YouTube clips of the speeches of ten prominent British politicians from Churchill to Cameron.
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