Within the European Union (EU), we as citizens, are represented by the European Parliament (EP). The EP cooperates in making laws that affect us all and are best created on a EU level. These are cross-border issues concerning the environment, energy, international transport, passenger rights, food safety, consumer protection and the digital and telecoms market. Due to EU rules, we are now paying far less for using our cell phone in another EU country. From June 2017, we are paying the same rate as we do in our own country.
The EP is also monitoring other EU institutions on behalf of us, adopts the budget together with the Ministers from the all Member States and monitors if the budget is properly implemented.
Every five years, all EU citizens who are eligible to vote, can vote for the members of the EP. The voted Members of the European Parliament do not have to be a linguistic talent to represent their voters: in able to function in all 24 official EU languages, the EP employs interpreters who speak in total as many as 552 language combinations.
Here too, the motto of the EU applies: ‘United in diversity’.