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What are coronabonds?

Coronabonds are an idea mooted by several eurozone countries to issue collective debt to combat the economic impact of Covid-19.
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What is the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF)?

The MFF is the overall EU budget for every seven-year period, setting out funding for the EU’s major programmes.
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How does the EU decide on an extension of Article 50?

The Article 50 period gives a member state two years to negotiate its exit from the EU. Read this fact to find out more.
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What is the European Union?

The European Union is a political and economic union of 27 member states. It first developed over the decades immediately following the Second World War.
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Who is Ursula von der Leyen?

Ursula von der Leyen is a Christian Democrat politician who was elected as the president of the European Commission in 2019.
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Where does the European Parliament meet?

The official seat of the European Parliament is in Strasbourg, in eastern France. Read this fact to find out more.
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Which countries are in the EU?

The EU has 27 member states, each of whom joined in phases. Read this fact to find out more about these phases.
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How many MEPs are there in the European Parliament?

Currently, there are 705 MEPs in the European Parliament; that is, 704 plus the president. Read this fact to find out more.
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What is co-decision?

Co-decision is part of the ‘ordinary legislative procedure’ in the EU, whereby the European Parliament and the Council of the EU have to jointly agree on legislation in order for it to be adopted.
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What is the Conference of Presidents?

It is the top political body within the European Parliament where its president and the chairs of each of the political groupings meet.
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What is the High Representative for Foreign Affairs?

The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs performs functions for the EU equivalent to a foreign minister at the national level.
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What are Directorates-General?

DGs are departments within the European Commission that develop and implement EU policies across a range of areas, from agriculture to trade.
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