YOU4EU - Towards European Elections 2019
In May 2019, the European Union will organize its elections in order to designate the Members of the European Parliament and the new President of the European Commission, which will be in charge for the next five years
Despite the present climate of spread Euroscepticism, ALDA is convinced that this future vote holds a primary importance.
The European Elections actually represents the occasion to reflect on some major issues: more than a simple poll of our future European representatives, the 2019 vote will take place in a post Brexit context.
Expression of a populist voice, the Brexit vote has unveiled fractures within the European Union and raised uncertainty among its citizens.
Yet, ALDA strongly believes that the European Union needs to stay united.
In this perspective, it is necessary that the 500 millions European citizens will engage to these Elections and use their vote to say loud and clear that "we believe in this project more than ever"!
Since the first election of the European Parliament in 1979, the participation rate has never stopped decreasing: from 61,99% in 1979, it dropped to 42,61% in 2014, marking the lowest level in the history of the Union. The trust in European institutions, impacted by several crisis faced by the European Union during the past years, has also fallen. From 1993 to 2017, the trust in the European Parliament decreased by almost 10% (54% in 1993, 45% in 2017). Therefore, the upcoming Elections represent the perfect occasion to restore reliance, increase transparency and legibility in the European Institutions, with the final purpose to convince European citizens of the importance of their vote and finally leading them to the polls.
Why should we, European citizens, give our say and get a vote on European Parliament’s Members?
Starting from scratch, because the European Parliament is the only institution that is elected by direct universal suffrage and that directly represents European citizens as such. For this reason, to elect the Members of the European Parliament is an important act: their decisions will impact our daily lives.
Then, because the European Parliament holds key responsibilities which will impact our daily lives. As a consequence, if you don’t vote, you lose the right to complain after all!
Let’s have an overview of what does the Parliament do.
The European Parliament, together with the Council of Europe, votes the European Union’s legislations, on the basis of the European Commission proposals. It then exerts a democratic control on all the European institutions. It elects the President of the European Commission, and approves the budget of the European Union. It will be the representatives we will decide to vote for in May 2019 who will be in charge of these significant tasks, and many others more.
Aware of all these facts, one of ALDA’s priorities in the coming months will be to engage citizens in the 2019 campaign, to raise awareness of the importance of every single citizen’s vote, to report the prominence of this event and ultimately to lead Europeans to the polls.