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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    • 1 may 2017

      International Workers' Day

    • The date was chosen to commemorate the strike in the McCormick factories in Chicago on May 4, 1886 for the legal establishment of the 8 working hours day.
    • 3 may 2017

      Polish National Day

    • The Polish National Day takes place on May 3 in honor of the first Constitution of this country which was adopted on 3 May 1791. The Polish constitution was written by the bourgeois and nobles of the four years diet under the rule of the last king of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania Stanislas II.

      This constitution was the first constitution voted in Europe. It covered many essential points to reform the institutions and organize the life of the Polish people:

      - it recognized rights to farmers

      - it keeps the hereditary monarchy and its executive power

      - it declared the political rights of representatives

      - it limited the size of the standing army

      - it imposed land management.

      Since then, the 3rd May has become a yearly holiday celebrating the adoption of the Polish constitution.

    • 18 may 2017

      European Maritime Day

    • This day was celebrated for the first time on May 20th, 2008. Every year, this day gives place to activities of raising awareness(sensitization).