How do Members of the European Parliament represent voters in what is a very complicated political environment?
They navigate a maze of procedures and negotiate with their colleagues of different political orientation as well as with counterparts in the Council and Commission on laws that fall into the remit of EP competence to the benefit of 500 million people living in the EU. Watch the video above to see what that means in practice.
The best way to illustrate how laws get passed is to see what happens to a single piece of legislation once it comes to the European Parliament. The legislative draft is first assigned to a Committee. The Committee designates a rapporteur, or responsible person, for that draft among its Members. The rapporteur then becomes the lead negotiator of the European Parliament on that file. In the case of the ordinary legislative procedure, a legislative draft, in order to become law, must be adopted by the responsible Committee, then by the plenary of the European Parliament, and by representatives of Member States in the Council. Once the adopted legislative Resolution is signed by the President of the European Parliament and published in the Official Journal of the EU, it becomes law.