Voters in every EU country will elect a new European Parliament on 23-26 May. Even the UK is preparing for a vote, while at the same time preparing to leave the 28-member bloc.

With an average turnout of 43% many Europeans do not bother to vote, but the parliament has significant powers and elections come around only once in five years.

While laws are drafted by the European Commission, it is the directly-elected parliament along with the Council of 28 governments which decide.

MEPs have the power to approve, amend or reject nearly all EU legislation.

So what have they achieved in this five-year term?

‘Roam like at home’

Perhaps their most popular decision was abolishing roaming charges for people using their mobile phones abroad.

Under the “roam like

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