The Lisbon Treaty marked a watershed in the European integration process. With the ink still wet after having signed off on a decade of institutional reform negotiations, the EU was severely hit by the deepest global financial and economic crisis since the end of the Second World War.
The incoming members of the European Parliament have recently elected their political group leaders, the members of the Bureau and the committee chairs, all of whom have a considerable -albeit different- power in the Parliament's decision-making.
This panel debate aims to analyse the composition of the new Parliament and how it may affect the parliamentary work and EU policy making in the coming years. It will look into the main policy priorities of the next EP and the institutional reforms that could contribute to enhance its performance.