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Elections are held every five years, and every EU citizen is entitled to vote, and to stand as a candidate, wherever they live in the EU. The latest elections were in June 2009. Parliament thus expresses the democratic will of the Union's citizens (more than 490 million people). The present parliament has 736 members from all 27 EU countries.
These ‘permanent representatives’ meet weekly within the Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER). The role of this committee is to prepare the work of the Council. COREPER is assisted by a number of working groups, made up of officials from the national administrations.
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