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MY VOICE. MY LIFE.

Vote, stand in European elections and help fix Europe’s problems

CAST A VOTE

CAST A VOTE

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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LEADING THE WAY

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!

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LEADING THE WAY
HAVE A SAY

HAVE A SAY

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.

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MY VOICE MATTERS

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.

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MY VOICE MATTERS

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

19%

of young people in Europe said they would consider standing as a political candidate in the future.

43%

The eligible voter turnout for the 2014 European Parliament elections.

55%

The number of EU citizens who have an interest in the upcoming 2019 European elections.

1.6 million

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.

The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene

Although her youth is long behind her, Gisela still longs to experience the sights of Europe. Her grandchildren decide to raise enough money to send her on her dream adventure, but their plan has unexpected results...

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Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth

After becoming lost and stranded in a menacing forest, a young girl must rely on the assistance of an unlikely friend to find her way home.

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Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois

Alex is an energetic twenty five year-old who will do anything he can to keep dancing. Trapped in a restrictive job, he's suddenly hit by a spark of inspiration.

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The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki

A man of the wilderness, Jan lives alone in a cabin in the Polish mountains. But when destiny interrupts his solitary lifestyle, he must devise a plan in order to follow his heart.

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Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić

A young Croatian farmer dreams of becoming a professional football star. But before pursuing his ambition on the pitch, he must first face the truth about who he really is.

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The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene
The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene
Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth
Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth
Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois
Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois
The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki
The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki
Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić
Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić

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