The European Parliament in justice and home affairs

Becoming more realistic at the expense of human rights?

Authored by: Ariadna Ripoll Servent

The Routledge Handbook of Justice and Home Affairs Research

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138183759
eBook ISBN: 9781315645629
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There is no other EU institution that has changed its shape and functions as much as the European Parliament (EP). From a consultative assembly composed of representatives of national parliaments it has grown into a much larger institution, with 751 members (MEPs) directly elected by EU citizens and a complex internal organization. It now plays a crucial role when deciding on EU legislation, the budget as well as the appointment and accountability of other organs, particularly the Commission.

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