around european parliament (Brussel - Belgium)
The European Parliament (abbreviated as Europarl or the EP) is the directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union (EU). Together with the Council of the European Union (the Council) and the Commission, it exercises the legislative function of the EU and it has been described as one of the most powerful legislatures in the world. The Parliament is composed of 736 MEPs (Members of the European Parliament), who serve the second largest democratic electorate in the world (after India) and the largest trans-national democratic electorate in the world (375 million eligible voters in 2009).
Le Parlement européen (PE) est l'organe parlementaire de l'Union européenne (UE) élu au suffrage universel direct. Il partage avec le Conseil de l'Union européenne le pouvoir législatif communautaire.