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Staffing arrangements of Members of the European Parliament

Members are free to choose their own staff, although they may not employ close relatives. To cover the costs of hiring staff, Members have a monthly budget of about €25 000 at their disposal. However, the Parliament does not simply give these sums to the Members. Parliament pays their staff salaries directly – and contributes to the relevant tax and social security authorities. Continue reading

Verifying the credentials of new Members of the European Parliament

The European Parliament regularly receives enquiries from citizens as to how it ensures that elected Members do not hold any office that is incompatible with the office of Member of the European Parliament. Continue reading

Scientists meet MEPs: a relation based on trust

To promote the role of science in ensuring a sound basis for public policies and political decisions, the European Parliament’s Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) organised ‘Science Week at the European Parliament’, between 5-7 February 2019, in cooperation with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), and the European Research Council (ERC). Continue reading

A week celebrating science at the European Parliament

A packed Science Week at the European Parliament from 5 to 7 February 2019, organised by the European Parliament’s 2019 Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) Continue reading

MEPs meet scientists once again

The sixth round of STOA’s MEP-scientist pairing scheme kicked off with the ‘Science meets Parliaments’ event, co-organised with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) on 28 November 2017. Continue reading

MEPs renew their annual rendez-vous with scientists in Brussels

The STOA Panel comprises 25 MEPs with a shared interest in techno-scientific developments, and their implications for daily life and policy-making. Encouraging the exchange of ideas between scientists and MEPs is an essential part of STOA’s mission. Continue reading

MEP-scientist pairing scheme: launching the sixth edition

Written by Zsolt G. Pataki with Amr Dawood, We are drowning in information, but find it increasingly difficult to discern what is factual and what is not. We need to create spaces where knowledge can be exchanged with a fair degree of confidence and trust among interlocutors. In this spirit, STOA‘s MEP-scientist pairing scheme strives … Continue reading

Science meets Parliaments – Launch of the MEP-Scientist Pairing Scheme 2016

Written by Zsolt G. Pataki, Expert information on scientific and technological developments is crucial to MEPs’ policy-making role. Ensuring MEPs have regular access to reliable information is an essential part of the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel’s mission. It is in this context that STOA is co-organising, with the European Commission’s … Continue reading

Scientific advice for policy-makers in the European Union [Policy Podcast]

Scientific knowledge has become a key element in the policy-making process, alongside societal values and political considerations. As a consequence, stronger science advice systems have been developed to provide timely and useful scientific advice to policy-makers in both legislative and executive bodies. Continue reading

MEPs will be meeting scientists once again in 2016

Written by Sarah McCormack and Zsolt G. Pataki, Ensuring that MEPs are informed about scientific and technological developments is crucial for their policy-making role and an essential part of the mission of the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel. STOA will host, on 8 November 2016, the second ‘Science meets Parliaments’ event, … Continue reading

Scientists meet parliamentarians: A relationship based on trust

Written by Nera Kuljanic and Zsolt G. Pataki Scientists from all over Europe met with Members of the European and national parliaments on 15 September 2015 for ‘Science meets Parliaments’, an event co-hosted by the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel of the European Parliament (EP) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the … Continue reading

Science meets Parliaments

Written by Nera Kuljanic and Guillermo Garrido-Lestache On 15 September 2015 the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel of the European Parliament (EP) will be co-hosting, together with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, an event entitled ‘Science meets Parliaments’. This event will mark the launch of two similar initiatives aiming … Continue reading

A year of change: the European Parliament in 2014

Written by Nicole Zandi Our role in the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) is to support parliamentary debate through ensuring Members are well-informed, in particular through our online and printed products. This year’s European election, and start of the eighth parliamentary term, has put us to the test. To mark the occasion the EPRS team … Continue reading

Ask EP – You asked, we answered

What was your EU topic of the year? In all probability we dealt with it. Check out the Ask EP review of 2014. At the end of this year, Ask EP will have treated some 10,000 letters and messages addressed to the European Parliament or its President. We receive these messages from all over Europe … Continue reading

Parliamentary questions

Parliamentary questions, and the subsequent replies of the other EU institutions, are a rich source of information for citizens. Available in pdf in 3 language versions: Parlamentarische Anfragen Questions parlamentaires Parliamentary questions Parliamentary questions are questions addressed by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to other European Union institutions and bodies. They are a direct form … Continue reading

Topics and links – September 2014

Update: This post is available in all EU languages – please see at the bottom of this post. In this issue: Scotland’s referendum, hearings of Commissioners, Sanctioning MEPs’ behavior, association agreement EU-Ukraine, free trade agreements TTIP/CETA.   In September 2014, citizens’ topics of particular interest ranged from the EU’s external relations (Ukraine, Russia) and trade … Continue reading

Voting of MEPs in plenary sessions

Citizens recurrently turn to the European Parliament asking where to find the results of votes for a particular parliamentary text or they are interested in the voting of individual MEPs.   The European Parliament (EP) adopts its positions by voting in plenary session on legislative and budgetary texts, as well as on own-initiative reports and … Continue reading

Rules on political groups in the EP

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva Updated in June 2015 Members of the European Parliament may form political groups; these are not organised by nationality, but by political affiliation. At the start of the current parliamentary term there were seven political groups in the Parliament, as there were throughout the 2009-14 period. The formation of a new, … Continue reading

The youngest MEPs

Who is the youngest MEP ever? How old was the youngest MEP when elected? With this article we answer these questions and give you an insight into the activities of the youngest MEPs in each parliamentary term from 1979 to 2014. If this is the situation with average age, it seems that the youngest MEP … Continue reading

Presence of MEPs in the hemicycle

Some citizens wonder why not all MEPs are continuously sitting in the hemicycle throughout the plenary sessions in Strasbourg.   The European Parliament is holding most of its plenary sittings in Strasbourg, usually during one week each month, although plenary sittings are occasionally held in Brussels as well. During the session weeks in Strasbourg, the … Continue reading

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