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Statute for Members of the European Parliament

Article 223 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU provides that the European Parliament shall lay down the regulations and general conditions governing the performance of the duties of its Members after seeking an opinion from the Commission and with the approval of the Council acting by a qualified majority (except as regards taxation, for which unanimity within the Council is required).

The new Statute for Members of the European Parliament entered into force on 14 July 2009. The new Statute makes the terms and conditions of MEPs' work more transparent and introduces a common salary for all Members paid from the EU budget.

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