The European Parliament

 
 
parlement

hemicycle parlm
Role :
As the legislative body of the European Union, the European Parliament has officially had its headquarters in Strasbourg since 1999, although sessions have been held there since 1952. This is the only international institution whose members are elected by direct universal suffrage. Along with the Council of the European Union, it participates in drafting community legislation, putting forward its opinions concerning proposed texts submitted to it by the European Commission. It also shares responsibility for budgetary matters with the Council. Finally, it plays a political verification role towards all the institutions of the Union, which report back on their activities to the assembly. When necessary, it can set up committees of inquiry.

Architectural information:
Date built : 1998
Architects : M. Robain, R. Tisnado, J.F. Bonne, A. Bretagnolle, R.H. Arnaud, L.M. Fischer, G. Valente

Contact:
Allée du Printemps
67070 STRASBOURG CEDEX
Tel : +33 (0)3 88 17 40 01
Fax : +33 (0)3 88 17 51 84

For further details:
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/public/default_en.htmtm
 
 

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    • 24 october 2017

      United Nations Day

    • The UN Day commemorates the anniversary of the United Nations Charter, which started being applicable in October 24 1945. The ratification of this document by most of the signatory members, included those of the UN Security Council, constitutes the "birth certificate" of the United Nations.

    • 28 october 2017

      Czech Republic National Day

    • On their National Day, Czechs commemorate the independence of the Czechoslovak Republic vis-à-vis the Empire of Austria-Hungary obtained in 1918. Czechs and Slovaks created together Czechoslovakia, becoming independent on 28 October 1918. Then, during World War II, the country was under German domnation. In 1948, a Communist putsch led the country into isolation for 40 years before returning to democracy in 1989, during the "velvet revolution."
      On 1 January 1993, the Czech Republic split from Slovakia to create two independent states: the Czech Republic and Slovakia.