60th anniversary of the European Parliament

60th anniversary of the European Parliament



The European Parliament celebrates its 60th anniversary.


The European Parliamentary Assembly met for its constituent meeting in Strasbourg on 19 March 1958 with simple consultative powers.  

The European Parliament of 2008 has wide decision-making powers on legislation, the budget and control and scrutiny of the European Commission.  In fact, the European Parliament is unique in the world.  There is no other directly elected supra-national parliament with such wide-ranging power.
Once and if the Lisbon Treaty is ratified, the European Parliament, following the elections in June 2009, was composed of 751 MEPs with its powers once more enlarged.

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