The European Parliament

 
 
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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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    • 26 june 2017

      International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

    • Torture seeks to annihilate the victim’s personality and denies the inherent dignity of the human being. The United Nations has condemned torture from the outset as one of the vilest acts perpetrated by human beings on their fellow human beings.

      Torture is a crime under international law. According to all relevant instruments, it is absolutely prohibited and cannot be justified under any circumstances. This prohibition forms part of customary international law, which means that it is binding on every member of the international community, regardless of whether a State has ratified international treaties in which torture is expressly prohibited. The systematic or widespread practice of torture constitutes a crime against humanity.

      On 12 December 1997, by resolution 52/149, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 26 June the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, with a view to the total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, (resolution 39/46), annex, which entered into force on 26 June 1987.
    • From 26 june 2017 to 30 june 2017

      Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

    • The third part of the Plenary Session of the Assembly of the Cuncil of Europe(PACE).The members of the Parliament that form the PACE come from the national Parliaments of the 47 state members of the Organisation. They join together four times a year in order to discuss current issues and to demand the European governments to take initiatives.
    • From 1 july 2017 to 31 december 2017

      Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU

    • Since the effective date of the Treaty of Lisbon, the old presidency of the Council has been divided in two: the president of the European Council and the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU (also known as Council of Ministers). The Presidency of the Council of Foreign Affairs and, led by the High Representative of the Union .