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European Parliament

the democratic assembly of the EUROPEAN UNION. Members are directly elected and are known as Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). They are elected by proportional representation, and the term is for five years. The Parliament exercises an advisory and supervisory role. It has some influence as a result of the Budgetary Treaty of 1970, and the Single European Act gave it added influence by extending the CODECISION PROCEDURE. The COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION must reply to Members' questions, and the COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION has agreed to do so also. An elephant gun of control, existing in the power to pass a motion of censure on the Commission that, if passed, would force the Commission to resign, has been used once and improves the Parliament's influence over this body. Such a motion can be passed only after substantial procedural hurdles have been cleared. Parliament's budgetary powers allow it to modify obligatory expenditure under the Treaty and allow it to amend non-obligatory expenditure within a maximum set by the Commission. It must adopt the budget, and in 1979 exercised its power to reject it for important reasons, acting by a majority of members and two-thirds of the votes cast. Since the inter-institutional agreement of 1 July 1988, arrangements have been made to prevent the disruption that such action can have on Community finances. Along with the EUROPEAN COURT OF AUDITORS, the Parliament supervises the implementation of the budget. The Parliament has standing to institute action in the COURT OF JUSTICE against the Commission or the Council.
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The EU Parliament said that it "Believes that the only way to reverse the deterioration in democracy, human rights and freedoms in The Maldives is through a process of genuine dialogue, involving all political parties and other civic leaders.
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Public expectation of fraud in the EU is 74% according to a study by the EU Parliament.
The EU parliament said the EU's executive Commission and member states knew for 10 years that the emissions of many cars in Europe were much higher on the road than on laboratory simulators, and yet failed to act.
The EU parliament condemned the Saudi-led coalition air strikes, calling on the coalition to suspend its raids immediately and lift the blockade to allow access of humanitarian aid to those in need, and create conditions for dialogue between the parties.
According to a tweet by Ana Gomes, member of the EU Parliament, the resolution was voted by all, except the "extreme right wing" who make up less than 100 votes of the 751 seats in the Parliament.
Paris has affected people's thinking," Kirkhope, who is steering the draft legislation through the 751-seat EU Parliament, said in an interview on Wednesday in Strasbourg, France.
The petition, which was raised in the EU Parliament a couple of weeks ago, called for lifting the Israeli siege on Gaza, opening crossings, guaranteeing freedom of movement, affording international protection for the Flotilla, stressing the right of Gaza to have a sea passage and pushing Israel to commit to international law.
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