Member of the European parliament
|1. Electoral period (1979 - 1984)|
|2. Electoral period (1984 - 1989)|
|3. Electoral period (1989 - 1994)|
|4. Electoral period (1994 - 1999)|
|5. Electoral period (1999 - 2004)|
|6. Electoral period (2004 - 2009)|
a member of the European parliament (short MdEP) is a delegate in the European parliament. The contraction is separated the name of one/a delegate, by a comma, added in the back. German-speaking membersthe European parliament call themselves as European delegates. This is not the official term, but most frequent the designation used in the German language.
the members of the European parliament every five years become since 1979in general, direct, free and secret (however do not resemble) European elections selected. Before the members of the European Union parliament were determined by the parliaments of the member states.
There is seven parliamentary groups as well as a set of parliamentary groupless delegates. In their homelands the delegates are memberin over 100 different parties. To 20. July 2004 assembled the European parliament for the sixth electoral period, since it has 732 delegates.
In order to be able to treat topics expert, the delegates specialize. They become into 20 constant committeesselected, which are responsible for certain special ranges and which prepare work of the plenary sessions.
The European parliament has at present 732 members; they distribute themselves on seven parliamentary groups. 29 members are parliamentary groupless.