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EU elections 2014

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On 22-25 May 2014, 500 million citizens from 28 different EU countries will have the chance to elect the 751 Members of the European Parliament, who will represent them in the next 5 years.
The results from all 28 states will be announced on the evening of Sunday 25 May.


LAST UPDATES………………………………………………………………………………

EU survey on the right to political participation of persons with disabilities

The European Union Agency of Fundamental Rights (FRA) unveiled the first major findings of its long-anticipated EU-wide survey on the right to political participation of persons with disabilities in the EU. The survey, for which FRA cooperated with EDF, shows that persons with disabilities face major barriers preventing them from enjoying the fundamental right to vote and to stand as candidate.

The study finds major barriers, such as:

- Legal barriers, in particular legal capacity laws and no access to redress for persons with disabilities
- Barriers linked with the inaccessibility of polling stations
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Barriers linked with the inaccessibility of the information on the election processes and in the accessibility of political parties’ material.

The full report will be published shortly before the European elections.

Want to know more about the survey and its results?


The European Parliament calls on EU member states to ensure that persons with disabilities can participate in the European elections on equal terms with others

The European Parliament adopted in February its “annual report on the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union”. The report included an assessment of the situation of persons with disabilities and strong call on the EU to make further progress in the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of persons with disabilities. With a view to the coming European elections, the European Parliament insisted in particular on ensuring that persons with disabilities can exercise their right to vote and to political participation on an equal basis with others. The report “encourages Member states to […] better integrate persons with disabilities and facilitate their […] participation in the political process, notably by suppressing legal and practical discriminations and restrictions to their right to vote and stand for elections”.

Find the full European Parliament resolution here!


TV DEBATES…………………………………………………….............................

In view of the EU elections, TV debates among the candidates will beb organised. The 1st one took place on 9 April on France24 TV channel. A second one will be organised on 28 April by Maastricht University and it will be live streamed on the web.

Learn more about the debate and watch it live here


WHY IS THIS TIME DIFFERENT?………………………………………………………

Watch here the video of the European Parliament's campaign on the electionsThe European Parliament is the only EU institution which is directly elected by the EU citizens and it has a series of important powers: legislative, budgetary, democratic control and supervisory powers. The new political majority that emerges from the elections will shape European legislation over the next 5 years in areas from the single market to civil liberties. The slogan used for the EU elections 2014 is: ‘This time it’s different’. And it is indeed.

- In times of crisis, it's more imperative than ever before that the voice of every citizen is heard.

- For the first time in the EU’s history, the outcome of the elections of the European Parliament will determine who leads the European Commission, the EU’s executive body.

Every vote counts!

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WHICH ARE THE POLITICAL PARTIES?..........................................................

13 European political Parties, to which national parties are affiliated, will compete to send MEPs to the European Parliament:

Alliance of European Concervatives and Reformists
The Party of the European Left
European Democratic Party
European People’s party
· Party of European Socialists
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Greens

Movement for a Europe of Liberties and Democracy

and other smaller political parties:

EU democrats
European Christian Political Movement
Alliance of European National Movements
European Free Alliance

European Alliance for Freedom


WHO ARE THE CANDIDATES FOR THE COMMISSION?.....................................

Nominated candidates for the presidency of the European Commission come from 5 of the 13 in total European political parties and they are the following ones:



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