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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

MEPs return to Brussels on 26th January for a mixed week of Committee meetings, Political Group meetings and plenary. The plenary is the forum where the elected Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) debate and vote on legislation.
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MEPs debated plans to use EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) data to fight terrorism. ©BELGAIMAGE/EASYSTOCKFOTO/J.R:Sancke
A draft law that would oblige airlines to hand EU countries the data of passengers entering or leaving the EU, in order to help the authorities to fight serious crime and terrorism, is currently under discussion in the European Parliament. The committee in charge of the so-called EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal is the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee.
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MEPs reiterate their concern over the potential impact of food fraud on food safety, consumer confidence and health. ©BELGAIMAGE/EASYPHOTOSTOCK/Zoonar_Mrivserg
Meat used as an ingredient in processed foods, such as lasagne, should be labelled by country of origin as is already the case for bovine fresh meat, said Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee MEPs on Wednesday. They call on the European Commission, which published a report on the issue in late 2013, to come up with legislative proposals in order to rebuild consumer confidence in the wake of the horsemeat scandal and other food fraud cases.
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Parliament must use its influence on framing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) rules to ensure that they serve all EU citizens
The European Parliament must use its influence on framing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) rules to ensure that they serve all EU citizens, not just a few economic players and must therefore insist that the talks are more democratic and more transparent, said trade committee chair, Bernd Lange (S&D, DE), on Wednesday
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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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