There are 20 standing committees (and two sub-committees) in the EP, each covering a different policy area. They
draw up reports for consideration in the plenary – on both legislative and non-legislative matters – and hold the
executive to account. The chart below shows the committees of the EP, ordered by the number of MEPs who sit
on them. It shows the chairs, elected by the members of each committee, together with their political group and
nationality. The chairs of the committees meet together in the Conference of Committee Chairs, and have elected
Jerzy Buzek, Chair of the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee, as their president. The pie chart shows
the distribution of committee chairs between the political groups, using the same colour code as before.