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Tuesday, 16th December 2014

European Parliament: Facts and Figures

Source: European Parliamentary Research Service

This Briefing...is designed to provide key facts and figures about the European Parliament, both today and in previous terms since direct elections were introduced in 1979.

On the following pages you will find graphics of various kinds which:
• detail the composition of the European Parliament now and in the past;
• trace the increase in the number of parties represented in the Parliament and show the evolution of political groups;
• chart the rise in the number of women sitting in the Parliament;
• explain the electoral systems used in elections to the Parliament across the Member States;
• show how turnout in European elections compares with that in national elections;
• summarise the activity of the Parliament in the last term from 2009 to 2014;
• present the annual cost of the Parliament compared with other parliaments;
• outline the composition of the Parliament’s main governing bodies.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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