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European elections 23-26 May 2019

"We have to change Europe and make it more effective by
answering citizens’ concerns and building upon what we
have already achieved" A. Tajani


In May, hundreds of millions of citizens will elect a new European Parliament. EU citizens will carefully evaluate candidates and programs, before making choices that will shape the future of our continent and our role in the world for years to come. The European Union, a unique, shared project underpinned by peaceful cooperation, is under threat from forces who wish to destroy what we have achieved together.

This is in contrast with recent surveys indicating a growing favourable opinion towards the EU. 48% of European citizens believe that “their voice counts in the EU”. Despite differences among Member States, this represents an overall 10% point increase over the last ten years.

However, much work must still be done.

We have to change Europe and make it more effective by answering citizens’ concerns and building upon what we have already achieved.

Over the next few months, in particular, our citizens will scrutinise how and what the European Union is doing to protect them, create new opportunities and project a strong European Union abroad. They will expect answers to concerns regarding migration flows, security, the environment and jobs. We must work hard to ensure that our citizens are aware of the results MEPs are delivering every day, like asylum reform, working more closely with Africa, fighting terrorism, anti-dumping measures to protect European jobs, holding web giants to account or protecting private data.

Antonio Tajani
President of the European Parliament


Polling stations open in the Netherlands and the UK today. 53 million UK voters can cast their ballots for the 591 candidates competing for 73 seats. If the country is still an EU member state on 2 July, the current composition of the Parliament, with 751 MEPs will continue to apply. In the Netherlands, around 13.5 million Dutch voters will select 26 candidates out of 308 running. Tomorrow’s (24 May) voters: Czechia and Ireland. Official results can be announced only after the last European voting booths close at 23:00 on Sunday.

EP Elections 2019: Daily brief May 23

A daily newsfeed on country-specific electoral facts, events and debates in all member states

Around 500 film directors, makers and stars signed a “European Manifesto” at the Cannes film festival on Tuesday. The text signed by, among others, Belgian directors Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, German director Wim Wenders, and UK actor Ralph Fiennes, calls on Europeans to stand up for a “free and democratic Europe, a Europe of freedom of thought and expression” by voting in European Elections 23-26 May.

EP Elections 2019: Daily brief May 22

Α daily newsfeed on country-specific electoral facts, events and debates in all member states

 Economic growth and jobs are perceived as most important topics in the ongoing election campaign by 50 % of Europeans, according to the last Eurobarometer survey, especially in Greece (81%), Latvia (68 %), Lithuania and Portugal (67 %). See the dedicated multimedia package on what Parliament has done to help the EU economy recover from the crisis and what’s at stake now.

EP Elections 2019: Daily brief May 21

A daily newsfeed on country-specific electoral facts, events and debates in all member states

Getting Europe to the ballot box. With European elections just days away, dedicated individuals, businesses and VIPs step up their efforts to make sure as many citizens as possible cast their vote to choose their future. The streaming service Spotify has also created a dedicated “Get Vocal, Europe!” playlist, featuring one song from each of the 28 member states. Please find a full list of events organised by activists, companies and NGOs across Europe in the coming days.

EP Elections 2019: Daily brief May 20

A daily newsfeed on country-specific electoral facts, events and debates in all member states

ITALY. New rules to boost gender balance in elections will apply in Italy for the first time in the European elections 2019. These rules, introduced in 2014, say that electoral lists should be composed of male and female candidates in the same proportion (50%). The first two candidates in each list must be one man and one woman (in whichever order). If a voter marks two or three candidates, she/he must include at least one female, otherwise both the second and third preferences would be annulled.

EP Elections 2019: Daily brief May 17

A daily newsfeed on country-specific electoral facts, events and debates in all member states

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84 TV channels, including Japan’s NHK, America’s CNBC, BBC1 in the UK and several international channels covered Wednesday’s debate among the presidential candidates. According to data collected by the European Parliament’s monitoring services, the show was mentioned on TV in 26 countries

EP Elections 2019: Daily brief May 16

By: EBR | Thursday, May 16, 2019

A daily newsfeed on country-specific electoral facts, events and debates in all member states

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EP Elections 2019: Daily brief May 15

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A daily newsfeed on country-specific electoral facts, events and debates in all member states

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EP Elections 2019: Daily brief May 14

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 14, 2019

A daily newsfeed on country-specific electoral facts, events and debates in all member states

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