Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has delivered his first "State of the Union" speech to Parliament.
However MEPs were threatened with fines if they didn't attend.
Speaking to The Record Europe, Green group co- President Rebecca Harms defends the call to discipline Parliamentarians however British Conservative Leader Timothy Kirkhope wonders if that is the way to do politics.
MEPs discuss financial supervision
Three new powerful financial supervision authorities have been agreed for Europe but what else is in store over the next few months.
Has the economic crisis produced an unstoppable drive for more European integration?
The Record Europe's Shirin Wheeler speaks to four MEPs in the studio in Strasbourg:
• Sharon Bowles, Chair of the Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and British Liberal Democrat
• John Bufton, UKIP
• Dan Jorgensen, leader of the Danish Social Democrat MEPs;
• Andreas Schwab, German Christian-Democrat
The UK and the EU
The UK's role in the EU
Britain's new Europe minister tells us where the UK is prepared to do battle with the EU.
David Lidington says the UK government will fight passionately for reform of the way the EU spends its money but also for a more "positive" agenda where British and European interests overlap.
The Record: Europe examines the key moments in the political week in Brussels and Strasbourg and focuses on the work of the European Parliament and European Commission.
It is broadcast on BBC Parliament on Saturdays at 2300 GMT, Sundays at 1700 GMT and Mondays at 1000 GMT, on BBC World on Saturdays and Sundays at 0630 CET and on the BBC News channel on Sundays at 0530 GMT and Mondays at 0330 GMT.
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