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Knowledge is power

Anthony Teasdale, head of the European Parliamentary Research Service, tells Eleni Courea how the service keeps MEPs well informed to boost fact-based policymaking.

Life as an MEP is busy. With constant travel, committee meetings, briefings and press appointments—plus a local constituency to look after—there is little time to get clued up on the latest issues. But in November 2013, an institution was created to satiate the hunger for fact-based, easily digested information: the European Parliamentary Research Service.

The EPRS provides parliamentarians and committees with information and analysis to bring new laws to fruition. “It’s been extremely exciting setting up something from scratch,” says Anthony Teasdale, its director. “The process of working out what products and services MEPs need has been fascinating. I’ve spent nearly all my life in the political sphere, and the process has drawn on all my skills, such as they are.”

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