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EUobserver / European parliament enters campaign mode

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The European Parliament finished its last legislative session on Thursday as campaigning begins for the June European elections, with politicians once again battling the downward trend in voter turnout.

Marking the end of his term as parliament president, Hans-Gert Poettering noted that the institution had become the "decisive seat of political compromise" in the European Union.

One of the posters reminding citizens of where the parliament has powers

"Today very few decisions are taken without the explicit consent of the parliament," said the German centre-right politician.

Since the beginning of the current legislature, in 2004, the parliament has passed a myriad of laws. They range from food labelling to banning mercury in thermometers, from regulating pay for temp workers to outlining how much advertising is allowed on TV.

by Fran on Thu May 7th, 2009 at 03:21:44 PM EST
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