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About the European Parliament

The European Parliament passes the majority of laws for the European Union - laws that affect the lives of all European citizens. Legislation from the European Parliament covers a wide range of topics including consumer protection, the environment, human rights and standards governing business. The European Parliament meets for one week every month in Strasbourg for what it terms a 'plenary session'. The parliament also meets for additional two-day sessions through the month.

In brief the European Parliament is responsible for:

  • amending and passing draft legislation
  • helping to set, and giving final approval to, the EU budget
  • monitoring the European Commission (which is responsible for proposing EU policy and overseeing the implementation of decisions taken by EU ministers and the European parliament)

The European Parliament website contains more information about the work of the European Parliament and about MEPs.

About Elections and the Electoral Process

The Electoral Commission is the independent body set up by Parliament to promote confidence and integrity in the democratic process. Their roles include: -

  • registering political parties
  • making sure people understand and follow the rules on party and election finance 
  • publishing details of where parties and candidates get money from and how they spend it 
  • setting the standards for running elections and reporting on how well this is done 
  • making sure people understand it is important to register to vote, and know how to vote 
  • making sure boundary arrangements for local government in England are fair

The Electoral Commission website contains more information about the work they do.

Elections Law

The Cabinet Office is responsible for legislation governing the conduct of elections.