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.
Your MEPs have the power to make European laws in nearly all areas of EU activity, together with Council of the European Union. The European Parliament also approves the budget of the European Union, elects the European Commissioners and the Commission President and has the power to sack the whole body of Commissioners.
Find your MEPs here. There are 73 UK MEPs. They are elected in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Other EU member states elect MEPs from their countries. Elections take place every five years. The next elections will be in 2019.
We handle many enquiries from the general public about the European Parliament, its procedures and documentation. Here are some of the most frequestly asked questions and how to contact us to ask more.
Our job is to raise awareness of the European Parliament (EP) and the EU generally, and to encourage you to vote in European parliamentary elections. We are not politicians (that's the task of your MEPs) and are not there to influence your views about the EU. We have offices in London and in Edinburgh.
The European Parliament welcomes visitors, both individual and in organised groups, to its premises in its three places of work: Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg. You can also visit Europe House in London where we especially welcome school visits. Here you can find out how to arrange a visit.
Some funding is made available through your MEPs to subsidise the cost of visits to the European Parliament. Please contact one of your local MEPs to find out more.