Want to make a change? I can make my opinions heard loud and clear by going to vote. As a citizen of the EU, I’m entitled to vote in European and municipal elections, whichever Member State I live in. Whether I’m selecting a Member of the European Parliament to discuss the big topics that influence my daily life, or choosing a councillor to represent my views on the local issues that affect me, voting is the best way to steer politics on the issues I care about.
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voting in the EU
MY VOICE. MY LIFE.
Vote, stand in European elections and help fix Europe’s problems
Disagree with what the politicians are saying on TV? Brimming with good ideas that would improve the lives of citizens across Europe? Well, why not help to shape the future of the EU by standing in an election? As an EU citizen, I can be a candidate in European Parliament and local elections. So grab the flyers, finish the manifesto and practice the speech – all I need are people to vote for me!
Something on my mind? Then the EU wants to hear about it! If I feel strongly about a new law or policy that will affect me, then I can either give my feedback on the new proposals through a dedicated website, or contribute to a public consultation. Similarly, I can give my views on existing EU policies when they are reviewed, and provide suggestions on how to make them more efficient through the online platform.
Europe has 512 million citizens – we’re bound to have a few good ideas. So why not prove it? If an issue directly concerns me, and I believe that the EU should take action, then I can start collecting signatures though a European citizen’s initiative. If a million other citizens from at least seven countries agree with me, then the European Parliament will look into solving the problem.
How it works
As someone living in any of the EU Member States, I’m automatically granted citizenship in the EU – it even says so on my passport! This citizenship entitles me to have a say in how the EU is run. I can vote in European and municipal elections, contribute to discussion on EU laws and policies and even stand as a candidate in an election myself. This is all enabled by the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, which gives me the freedom to make my voice heard – either by engagement with elections, or by petitioning the European Parliament for change.
Did you know
of young people in Europe said they would consider standing as a political candidate in the future.
The eligible voter turnout for the 2014 European Parliament elections.
The number of EU citizens who have an interest in the upcoming 2019 European elections.
The number of signatures collected in support of the first ever citizen’s initiative – ‘Right2Water’ – which led to the Commission submitting a proposal to improve the quality of water for citizens across Europe.
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