The pictures I posted of the outside of the parliament make it look big, but I think it’s easy to underestimate just how big the European Union as a whole is.
The Hemicycle in Brussels helps to illustrate it.
That room provides seating for the 736 MEPs with room for the secetariate, staff and representatives from the EU Commission and the Council.
Combined, Council, Council of Minsters, the Commission, the Parliament, the Court of Justice and the Central Bank employ in the region of 60,000 people across Europe.
Together they work for the benefit of the 27 member states, 4 candidate states, 3 applicant states, several overseas territories and half a billion European Citizens.
Some people might say it’s unaccountable, but amazingly 80% of the EU budget is distributed by member states, not the central institutions.
The EU works for all of us.