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Unformatted text preview: largely a consultative body. In most cases its opinion is not binding; the final vote on legislation proposed by the European Commission , as well as amendments proposed by the parliament, rests with the Council of the European Union . The aspect of EU government over which the parliament has the most direct influence is the EU budget, which it may amend or reject and on which it generally has the final vote. It also must approve the slate of nominees for the European Commission. The European Parliament was founded in 1958 as the European Parliamentary Assembly, whose members were chosen by the parliaments of the nations belonging to the three treaty organizations that were later merged to form what is now the EU....
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