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Rapporteur

This describes the MEP chosen to investigate and then report on a particular issue on behalf of his and her colleagues. Rapporteurs are generally members of parliamentary committees and they will report on issues which their committee covers. So a rapporteur for the environment committee could, for example, be asked to draw up a report on air pollution or water quality, while a rapporteur for the social affairs committee might look at job-creation measures or women's rights. The rapporteur's work is important, as it is the starting point for a full parliamentary debate and vote on a given issue.