European Parliament elections
Integration processes get their legal implementation through variety of agreements between states on creation of various unions and organisations. European Union belongs to such organisations.
One of the basic structures of this organization is the European Parliament. According to the EU legislation it represents people of European Union member-states, “the European Parliament represents the people of the states brought together within the European Community” (Fouloy, 1994, p. 77).
The agreement, which assumed the creation of joint Parliament of the signatory states, was a part of the Treaty establishing the European Coal and Steel Community, which begun the European Union. The first European parliament consisted of 68 deputies delegated by national parliaments of the signatory states of the agreement. The first meeting, in which 142 deputies have taken part, has passed in March, 1958 in Strasburg, during which parliament has got the name “The European Parliamentary Assembly”, which in March, 1968 has turned in the European Parliament.
For today the European Parliament consists of representative of 25 member-states of the European Union, which choose their deputies by universal, equal, and secret voting (this principle has started to work since September, 1976). The quantity of deputies in European Parliament is caused by population of every concrete state of the European Union.