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European Parliament: Facts and Figures

Updated on 9 March 2017

Written by Giulio Sabbati,

This Briefing, published by the European Parliamentary Research Service, is designed to provide key facts and figures about the European Parliament, both today – during the current 2014 to 2019 parliamentary term – and in the seven previous terms since direct elections were introduced in June 1979.

On the following pages you will find graphics of various kinds which:

  • detail the composition of the European Parliament now and in the past;
  • trace the increase in the number of parties represented in the EP and evolution of political groups;
  • chart the rise in the number of women sitting in the Parliament;
  • explain the electoral systems used in elections to the Parliament across the Member States;
  • show how turnout in European elections compares with that in national elections;
  • summarise the activity of the Parliament in the 2009-14 term, and so far in the current term;
  • present the annual cost of the Parliament compared with other parliaments;
  • outline the composition of the Parliament’s main governing bodies.

The Briefing is being updated regularly during the 2014-19 term to take account of latest developments.

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