In the week of 22 and 25 May 2014 you have the opportunity to influence the political future of the European Union by giving your contribution to elect the 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) for the next five years. Make you sure you check when the exact election day in your country is!
The elected MEPs will represent over 500 million citizens in the 28 member states. MEPs seats are given acording to something called 'degressive proportionality', which means that countries with larger populations have more seats than smaller ones but the latter have more seats than strict proportionality would imply.
The 2014 European elections are different than the last because they are the first elections since the Lisbon Treaty of 2009 gave the European Parliament a number of important new powers. For example, when the EU member states nominate the next president of the European Commission in 2014, they will have to take account of the European election results. This means voters now have a clear say in who takes over the presidency.