The office of the President of the European Parliament is currently embodied by David Sassoli, member of the Democratic Party, MEP in 2009 then Vice-President of the European Parliament in 2014 before being elected as its head in July 2019. But in fact, what is his role? In fact, the European Union does not have a president, but three. They are respectively at the head of the Commission, Council and Parliament.
If the first two are appointed by the heads of state and government, the third is elected by the European deputies, for a term of two and a half years. The President of the European Parliament first of all has a procedural role. But in recent years, its role has increased with the growing powers given to Parliament, in particular with the Treaty of Lisbon (2007).
He ensures compliance with parliamentary rules and supervises the various activities of this institution. It is also he who must validate, by his signature, all the legislative acts adopted. Just like the Union budget.
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