Elected representatives are representatives who have been elected for their job. In some cases, a countries government could send an MP to a meeting in Europe but they would not have been elected to go, they would have selected. An elected representative will have been chosen by a vote either from a vote in a parliament or a public vote to go to the EU commission and represent their countries interests.
The benefit of an elected representative would hopefully that they try to do more to please their countries although this can have the side effect that they will not support a ruling that will not please their voters and so this can make it hard to get anything done in the EU commission because everyone has their own agenda. Someone who was appointed might be able to work together with the other EU representatives and get things done much easier.
The European parliament lacks power… Hmmm One of the major problems that I have already spoken on if the fact that since each country has a representative in the EU parliament they are all trying to represent their countries wants and views. This would be a big obstacle to any parliament but it is compounded by the fact that each member has a veto and so if any topic comes up which a member does not even slightly agree on, they can veto and the whole thing will be stopped.
This is why it is hard to get things done. Each countries philosophy is very different so finding a policy that will benefit every country is becoming increasingly difficulty. E. G. If they want to raise the minimum wage to i?? 10 per hour then the British representative would veto it because it is not in the U. K's interests to be a part of that agreement since we attract big companies by having low pay rates.
However, when the European parliament can actual agree on something and work together it can be very powerful since once they have made a ruling, each country in the Euro is heavily encouraged to support it since they have each had members involved in the negotiation stage. If they do support it (France banning British beef) they can be taken to the European court where if the ruling is against not only will they then be forced to support it, they will also have to pay a heavy fine for not supporting it in the first place.
However since each representative has the veto, hopefully the end result of the parliament is something every country can support since they could have vetoed it if they had wanted to. It is has significant power over other EU infrastructure. In 1998 after documents came out that revealed that the EU commission had had a large amount of corruption in it, they had the power to close the commission down whilst they found new members for it.
They also have the ability and the duty to regulate things like the council and try and make things run smoothly. The main reason that this is important is that because the parliament votes on things and then they go to the council, it is important to have a fair council to get the legalisation to go further. One of the previous problems was that months of time was spent on it in the parliament only for it to be overturned in the commission with no justifiable reason.