The European Parliament (EP) is the parliamentary body of the European Union (EU) elected by direct universal suffrage. It shares with the Council of the European Union legislative power of the European Union.
Although Parliament is the “main” institution of the European Union (mentioned first in the Treaties and ceremonial precedence over all other European authorities), the Council of Ministers has legislative powers greater than him because it is the only organ that passes all laws, and the only one to pass laws in areas where the codecision procedure does not apply. However, Parliament controls the expenditure side (but not the revenue side) européen budget.
Its headquarters are in Strasbourg, France, where the plenary sessions are held, its committees, as well as some additional plenary sessions are held at the Espace Léopold, Brussels, Belgium.
Its General Secretariat is based in Luxembourg.