The European Parliament Elections 2014
First of all, Why Should I Vote?
You probably have heart sentences like “voting is not a privilege, but a responsibility” that probably do not sound very convincing to you. So we are not going to tell you to go to vote because if not would be a stain in your conscience. On the contrary, the good thing of democracy is that you are free of not going to vote but, on the other side; you have to assume the consequences of not doing it. There some of them more clear like fines in the countries where is compulsory to vote but there are others that maybe you haven´t think about like let other people to choose your future for you.
It is true that in spite of the efforts made by the European Parliament, citizens still consider the European elections as “second order elections” where the candidates focus many times in national issues more than European ones which leads to lower turnouts than in national ones. However,the influence of the EU is growing in daily issues but is mostly unknown to citizens, which gives a bigger importance to the participation of the citizens in European elections in order to shape the lines they want the EU to follow.
With this guide in general, and with this section about the elections in particular, we hope you will find the data you need to make an informed choice, whatever it would be. You will find the date of the elections, the functions and organizations of the Parliament a detailed procedure about how to vote in every EU member state both from the country or abroad, the positions of the different political options and more.
It is up to you if you want to be a passive watcher or an active actor on the movie. Voting is just the first phase on how you can get involved into the EU decision making processbut as they said, a 1000 miles trip starts with a simple step.
When Are Going To Be The Elections?
The European Parliament elections of 2014 will be the eigth European elections since 1979. The elections are held every five year and 751 members of the European Parliament (MEP). This time the elections will be between the 22-25th of May depending on the country.
Who Is Going To Be Elected?
751 Members of the Parliament (MEP) representing more than 500 million citizens will be elected after the elections. The share of seats in the European Parliament is done according to population criteria as you can see on the chart. The number of MEPs has been reduced from the last term to adapt to what is written in the Lisbon Treaty.
What Do The Meps Do?
The Members of European Parliament are in charge of represent the citizens´ interest at European level. The treaty of Lisbon has given to the European Parliament more decisional powers. Among their function can be found the following ones:
- Adopting laws: Most of the EU law is adopted jointly with the Council. The areas where it happens include for example, economic governance, immigration, energy, transport, the environment and consumer protection. The Parliament has also a limited right of initiative and can ask the Commission to present a legislative proposal to the Council.
- Control and approve the budget: It is necessary the Parliament´s consent to approve the EU budget.
- Supervise other EU institutions: The president of the European Parliament can speak at the beginning of the Council session and it has to approve the composition of the European Commission proposed by the Council. Moreover, it can also censure and even dismissthe whole European Commission or a member of it.
- Collect citizens’ inquiries: The EU citizens can send their petitions regarding EU law to the European Parliament.
Want to know more? Just keep reading this guide and you can also check http://www.europarl.europa.eu/portal/en