The European Parliament is the directly elected parliament of the European Union. All proposals made by the European Commission must be approved by both the European Parliament and the Council before they can be enacted. The European Parliament is made up of MEPs from each country in the European Union, elected directly by the citizens of each country every five years. It is the largest trans-national democratic electorate in the world. The European Parliament elects the president of the European Commission and shares equal control with the Council over the EU budget and other legislative issues. The European Parliament operates in three main locations, Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg.