Remember the lisbon treaty? On of its effect was to gain new meps. It took a while, but with the vote of Belgium's Joint Community Commission, the process of ratifying the protocol allowing 18 additional Members to join the European Parliament has been successfully completed.
The 27 national ratification procedures started on September 2010, following a decision by national governments in June 2010 to adopt a proposal modifying the EP composition.
This is one of the cable from the US ambassy in Berlin as made public by wikileak. As opposed to the other content in this site, this isn't a document made public by the European parliament. The TFTP topic has been addressed 92 times by MEPs in a question, debate, written declaration or report and this list is available to our NGO members.
In addition to getting the MEP questions and classifying them, we have now added to the database all the answers to those questions from the Council and the Commission.
We have so far added 27,000 answers. Our tool has used the text of the answers to qualify better the questions, and therefore added extra relevant topics to the questions when appropriate. What this means is that when when you search the MEP questions for a specific a topic, you might find questions that aren't directly relevant, but where the answer relates to the topic
We have developed a software tool that automatically checks the Europarliament website page of each MEPs to see if they have asked a new question. On a daily basis this tool puts new information onto MEPwatch website which already features all of the questions asked during the 6th mandate (2004-2009) which means more than 33,000 questions are indexed. Since the first plenary session of this Parliament, in mid July 2009, more than 500 questions have been asked and published on the Europarl website.
What is MEP watch about?
This website has been created to make it easier to see and understand more about the European Parliament. The key players are Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who are directly elected by European citizens and share responsibility with national governments to edit and approve all EU laws.
Much of the work of the MEPs is done in Committee, where they discuss in detail the draft laws and vote. Once the Committees have finished their work, all of the MEPs sitting in Plenary session can amend and vote on the laws.
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