The European Parliament (EP) is the EU’s only body whose 785 Members are directly elected by citizens in the 27 Member States, once every five years. The Parliament is involved in drafting numerous laws (directives, regulations etc.), while in many policy areas decisions on new European laws are made jointly by the EP and the Council of Ministers, which represents Member States. The Members of the EP (MEPs) sit in one of seven political groups, depending on their political affiliation, and all participate in Parliamentary Committees. The EP also has 34 delegations that interact with the parliaments of third countries.
The EP has an active news service.
EP Political Groups
Middle East - Committees and Delegations
Human Rights (sub-committee)