More than 18,000 documents and 16,000 amendments covering legislation in all areas of the EU have been put before MEPs since July 2004. It isn’t possible to be a specialist in everything, that is why the political groups in the Parliament (MEPs are grouped by political affiliation and not nationality) have coordinators for specific areas (internal market, industry, agriculture and so forth). They also nominate “rapporteurs” who draw up reports on all the important dossiers. The coordinators and ...

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