European Parliament flash cards

From the 22ep01 until the 25th of Mai 380 million voters from 28 countries  will (have) elect(ed) 751 Member of European Parliament (MEPs)

  • The European election is the biggest in the World after India (keep in mind that in China there is no real elections…)
  • At some €1,75 billion a year, the European Parliament costs more then the British, French and German national Parliaments put together.
  • The EP works with 24 languages
  • The MEPs need to work in the places : Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg. All that moving around burdens good old earth with 19.000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
  • The EU buildings in Strasbourg are empty for 317 days of the year.
  • In 2009 the voting turnout was 43% of the total electoral body.
  • Since 1979 MEPs have been elected by direct universal suffrage for a five-year period. Until then, national parliaments nominated the MEPs.
  • The country mostly represented is Germany with 99 MEP . In the antipodes,  Estonia and Cyprus send 6.

main source: the economist

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