, Given that the Parliament does not form the government in the traditional sense of a Parliamentary system, its politics have developed along more consensual lines rather than majority rule of competing parties and coalitions. This cohesion and willingness to use the Parliament's power ensured greater attention from national leaders, other institutions and the public – who previously gave the lowest ever turnout for the Parliament's elections. , The body was not mentioned in the original Schuman Declaration. , The Parliament also has a great deal of indirect influence, through non-binding resolutions and committee hearings, as a "pan-European soapbox" with the ear of thousands of Brussels-based journalists. The provisional arrangements placed Parliament in Strasbourg, while the Commission and Council had their seats in Brussels. 4. 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Citizens may also address the Parliament in Basque, Catalan/Valencian and Galician. , Despite this, the European Economic Community and Euratom were established in 1958 by the Treaties of Rome. While Strasbourg is the official seat, and sits alongside the Council of Europe, Brussels is home to nearly all other major EU institutions, with the majority of Parliament's work being carried out there. , Along with the extension of the ordinary legislative procedure, the Parliament's democratic mandate has given it greater control over legislation against the other institutions.  Even the Parliament's two seats, which have switched several times, are a result of various agreements or lack of agreements. European political parties have the exclusive right to campaign during the European elections (as opposed to their corresponding EP groups).  At present, MEPs may ask a question on any topic whatsoever, but in July 2008 MEPs voted to limit questions to those within the EU's mandate and ban offensive or personal questions. Its 751 Members represent the EU's 500 million citizens. , Because the proceedings are translated into all of the official EU languages, they have been used to make a multilingual corpus known as Europarl. The first President was Paul-Henri Spaak MEP, one of the founding fathers of the Union. Each Committee has a chairman and four vice-chairmen, along with numerous committee members. 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