- The European Parliament: 70 years of European democracy in action
On 10 September 1952, the first ever session of the Common Assembly of the European Coal and Steel Community opened in Strasbourg. It was the starting point of today’s European Parliament.
In 70 years, the Assembly has grown in strength. It has become a true institution embracing European democracy and the expression of European public opinion. It is now the only directly elected, multilingual, multi-party transnational parliament in the world. This exhibition traces the history of the institution, the role of EU citizens in Parliament's history and milestones in its development over 70 years.