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European Elections 2024 | How to vote?

The European Parliament elections, set for June 6 to 9, 2024, are fast approaching. This pivotal event will shape European policies for the next five years. It’s a significant collective responsibility, especially for first-time voters. Understanding what we’re voting for, how our vote impacts the EU’s future, and why it matters is crucial.

The European Parliament Elections

The European Parliament is the world’s only directly elected transnational assembly. With up to 750 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), elections occur every five years, with the last one in May 2019. This year, citizens will elect 720 MEPs who will represent EU interests at a continental level.

The Powers of the European Parliament

The European Parliament, in collaboration with representatives from EU country governments, creates and decides on laws that influence various aspects of life in the EU. These laws address topics like the economy, poverty reduction, climate change, and security.

MEPs spotlight key political, economic, and social issues, upholding EU values such as human rights, freedom, democracy, equality, and the rule of law. The Parliament approves the EU budget, oversees its expenditure, elects the President of the European Commission, appoints Commissioners, and holds them accountable.

European Parliament Elections at the National Level

Citizens in each EU member state elect their national representatives. The number of representatives varies based on the country’s population and a principle of degressive proportionality. For instance, Germany will elect 96 MEPs, while Cyprus, Luxembourg, and Malta will each elect 6.

National elections are contested by national political parties, but once elected, most MEPs join transnational political groups. National parties are usually affiliated with European-wide political parties.

While election rules differ by country, there are common principles:

  • Elections span four days, from Thursday to Sunday.
  • The number of MEPs from a political party is proportional to its vote count.
  • EU citizens living in another EU country can vote and run for office there, often requiring a specific bureaucratic procedure.
  • Each citizen can vote only once.

How to Vote? A Helpful Platform from the EU Parliament

To assist citizens, especially new voters, in navigating the various national rules, the European Parliament has created an informative platform. This resource allows users to select their country and access details on electoral rules. The platform answers frequently asked questions in simple language, making it a valuable tool for preparing for the elections.

Check out the platform HERE for more information.

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