The European Parliament

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Description

The European Parliament presents itself as “the Voice of the People”, as it is the only EU institution that is elected directly.

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Members of the European Parliament (MEPs)

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Many are former members of national parliaments (about 35%) or former ministers or equivalent (about 15%), at both senior and junior levels.

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MEP Assistants

MEPs receive a secretarial allowance to employ staff and they pretty much use it as they wish. This means that whilst some MEPs prefer to hire two well-paid real policy assistants, others prefer to have more secretarial/office management types, whilst others use a combination of both.

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Political Groups

The Members of the European Parliament are organised first and foremost according to their political affiliation. To that end, the Parliament is split in seven different Political Groups, going from extreme left to extreme right, and from the pro-federalists to the Eurosceptics (not to speak about the Europhobes).

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Political Advisors and other Political staff

Political Groups are entitled to specifically allocated staff, the number of which is set in relation to the size of the Political group and the number of working languages used within the Group.

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Secretariat and other European Parliament Staff

The European Parliament has about 6000 employees, a third of which sit in the linguistic services. Political advisors to the political groups are also employees of the Parliament.