The European Parliament
The European Parliament represents the interests of EU citizens. The main job of the Parliament is to adopt EU legislation and adopt the Union’s budget. It shares this responsibility with the Council of the European Union. Since the latest enlargement, the Parliament has 751 members, chosen by direct suffrage in the Member States for a five-year period.
Meetings of the Parliament are held in Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) primarily perform their work in Brussels, where committees convene. Plenary sessions, which all MEPs attend, are mostly held in Strasbourg, but sometimes also in Brussels. The Secretariat of the European Parliament is located in Luxembourg.
MEPs do not represent national political parties; they are members of eight political groups: Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats (EPP-ED), Socialist Group (PSE), Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), Union for Europe of the Nations (UEN), The Greens/European Free Alliance, Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL), Independence/Democracy Group (iD), and Identity, Tradition and Sovereignty Group (ITS).
The Slovenian MEPs, elected at the last European Parliament elections in May 2014, are Alojz Peterle, Franc Bogovič, Patricija Šulin, Romana Tomc and Milan Zver (all EPP), Tanja Fajon (S&D), Igor Šoltes (Greens) and Ivo Vajgl (ALDE).
More information on the European Parliament is available at: