The European Parliament
Since it was first constituted, as the Assembly of the European Coal and Steel Community, the European Parliament — the title it adopted for itself in 1962 — has generally been regarded as a somewhat ineffective institution. It is a reputation which, today at least, is not entirely justified. For while it is true that the EP’s constitutional powers are not comparable with those of national legislatures, developments over the years have come to give it, in practice, some influence in the Community system. As with national parliaments this influence is exercised in three main ways: through the legislative process, through the budgetary process, and through control and supervision of the executive.
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