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