The European Parliament created in 1979 its Fact Sheets on the occasion of the first direct elections. Since then, they have been regularly reviewed and revised. They are intended to provide non‑specialists with a straightforward and concise overview of the European Union’s institutions and policies, and of the role that Parliament plays in their development. They are available in 23 languages and very soon in paper form. Everyone will be able to order copies via http://bookshop.europa.eu.
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