The most important decision-making bodies in the European Union (EU) are the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission. Members of the European Parliament are chosen through an election and directly represent EU citizens. There are currently 766 Members of the European Parliament of which 13 are Finns.
Although the EU may seem like a faraway institution, it greatly influences legislation and many issues in Finland. The European Parliament participates in creating laws which deal with, among other things, environmental safety, the rights of consumers as well as the mobility of traffic, people, capital, services and goods across state borders. The European Parliament, together with the Council of the European Union, also decides how the EU’s money should be spent.
Members of the European Parliament are elected every five years at the European Parliament Elections. You can also have an influence on the Parliament between elections. You have the right to ask the Parliament questions, submit feedback and read all public documents. You can also submit a formal appeal to the Parliament. More information on these options can be found on the European Parliament web pages. You can also contact the Finnish Members of the European Parliament or their assistants. This contact information can be found here.