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Structure

 
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The Group of the European People's Party (EPP Group) is the largest in the European Parliament.

It brings together centre and centre-right pro-European political forces from the Member States of the EU, coming together to advance the goal of a more competitive and democratic Europe, closer to its citizens, and a social market economy.

As the largest political Group in a Parliament where non-socialist parties now enjoy a clear majority, the EPP Group is in a stronger position than any other to set this body's political agenda and to win its most critical votes. This strength is reflected in the fact that since 1999, the EPP Group has been on the winning side of more votes than any other Group in the European Parliament's monthly plenary sessions.

Strength of numbers also ensures that EPP Group Members hold a range of key positions within the Parliament. Within the parliamentary committees, EPP Group Members are best placed to secure the right to author the EP's position on key pieces of draft legislation and other major Reports: the Group gets more of these rapporteurships on more important subjects than any other Group.

The EPP Group is served by a highly-qualified, talented and motivated staff from all the Member States.

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The Group of the European People's Party (EPP Group) is the largest in the European Parliament.

It brings together centre and centre-right pro-European political forces from the Member States of the EU, coming together to advance the goal of a more competitive and democratic Europe, closer to its citizens, and a social market economy.

As the largest political Group in a Parliament where non-socialist parties now enjoy a clear majority, the EPP Group is in a stronger position than any other to set this body's political agenda and to win its most critical votes. This strength is reflected in the fact that since 1999, the EPP Group has been on the winning side of more votes than any other Group in the European Parliament's monthly plenary sessions.

Strength of numbers also ensures that EPP Group Members hold a range of key positions within the Parliament. Within the parliamentary committees, EPP Group Members are best placed to secure the right to author the EP's position on key pieces of draft legislation and other major Reports: the Group gets more of these rapporteurships on more important subjects than any other Group.

The EPP Group is served by a highly-qualified, talented and motivated staff from all the Member States.

Group Assembly

The Group Assembly is the highest organ of the EPP Group and it consists of all the Group's Members. The Assembly takes decisions on all political matters dealt with inside or outside the European Parliament, elects the Group's Presidency, sets up standing Working Groups of the Group, and decides on vacancies set aside for the EPP Group in the European Parliament bodies.

Bureau

The Bureau is responsible for strategic and political decisions and for preparing for the plenary sessions highlighting the most relevant questions for the Group from the different national perspectives. The Bureau, the Group's political organ, consists of: the Presidency, Heads of National Delegations, Vice-Presidents and Quaestors of Parliament belonging to the Group, EP Committee Chairmen belonging to the Group, Group spokespersons in EP Committees, the President and the Secretary-General of the European People's Party if they are also Members of the European Parliament, and one co-opted Member for every 10 Members of a national delegation.

Presidency

The Presidency consists of the Group Chairman and ten Vice-Chairmen. The Members of the Presidency agree among themselves on the allocation of areas of responsibility. The Presidency is responsible for leading the Group in plenary sittings, representing the Group externally, and informing the Group Assembly of strategic and political decisions it has taken. It meets at regular intervals with the Heads of National Delegations to discuss key guidelines and to prepare decisions of major importance for the Group's strategy.

Chairman

Manfred Weber presides over the EPP Group in his capacity as Chairman. The Chairman is elected for a renewable term of two and a half years, i.e. half the lifetime of a parliamentary term. Mr Weber was elected Chairman on 4 June 2014, shortly after the European elections.

President

The President of the European Parliament is elected for a renewable term of two and a half years, i.e. half the lifetime of a parliamentary term. The President represents the European Parliament vis-à-vis the outside world and in its relations with the other EU Institutions. Several distinguished Members of the EPP Group have served as Presidents of the European Parliament.

Bureau

The Bureau is the body that lays down rules for Parliament. It draws up Parliament's preliminary draft budget and decides all administrative, staff and organisational matters. The Bureau comprises the EP President, the 14 EP Vice-Presidents and the five Quaestors elected by Parliament for a renewable term of two and a half years. Quaestors are Members of the Bureau in an advisory capacity. The EPP Group is represented in the EP Bureau with 6 Vice-Presidents and 2 Quaestors.

Conference of Presidents

The Conference of Presidents is the political body in Parliament responsible for the organisation of Parliament's business and legislative planning, deciding the responsibilities and membership of committees and delegations and for relations with other EU Institutions, the national parliaments and non-EU countries. The Conference of Presidents comprises the EP President and the Chairmen of all the political Groups. EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber sits in the Conference of Presidents.

Plenary

The European Parliament plenary comprises 751 Members from 28 EU Member States. Parliament meets at a plenary session every month (except August). Laws are passed at the plenary session, the Community budget is adopted and positions are adopted on different policy areas and on the Parliament's relations to third countries. During the plenary sitting, Parliament can decide to express its opinion on any matter which it considers important. It can also ask the Commission to submit an appropriate proposal on issues which, in Parliament's view, require a Community legislative act to be adopted.

Delegations

The main task of the European Parliament's interparliamentary delegations is to maintain and develop the Parliament's international contacts by providing specific expertise and political understanding of situations in the countries and regions for which they are responsible. Over the past years, the role of interparliamentary delegations has become increasingly important, effectively becoming a form of parliamentary diplomacy. Members of the EPP Group are represented in all of Parliament's Delegations in proportion to the Group's size.

Joint Parliamentary Committees

Interparliamentary Assemblies and Dialogues

Parliamentary Cooperation Committees

Other Parliamentary Delegations

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