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2014 European Parliament Elections 22-25 May 2014. EUROPE MATTERS, VOTE FOR IT!. An initiative of the ENoP Working Group Citizenship. ENoP – EUROPEAN NETWORK OF POLITICAL FOUNDATIONS INDEPENDENT ACTORS IN DEMOCRACY PROMOTION, DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION AND POLITICAL DIALOGUE

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2014 European Parliament Elections

22-25 May 2014

EUROPE MATTERS, VOTE FOR IT!

An initiative of the ENoP Working Group Citizenship

ENoP – EUROPEAN NETWORK OF POLITICAL FOUNDATIONS

INDEPENDENT ACTORS IN DEMOCRACY PROMOTION, DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION AND POLITICAL DIALOGUE

Rue d´Arlon 15, B-1050 Brussels ● Tel: +32 2 23 000 29 ● Email: [email protected] ● www.enop.eu

Network Coordinator: Mr Anne de Boer ● Deputy Network Coordinator and Project Director: Mrs Andrea E. Ostheimer


Outline

  • About the European Parliament (EP)

  • EP after the Lisbon Treaty: “more power, more responsibility”

  • Your Voice & the EP

  • Political Groups of the European Parliament - 7th legislature

  • Voting Rights and Eligibility. Voting abroad

  • ENoP information campaign towards 2014 EP elections


About theEuropean Parliament (EP)

1. What is the EP?

2. Main functions

3. Organisation and work


Europe mattersHow EP elections impact our lives?

  • ERASMUS+ programme aimed at funding over 4 million young people to train or study abroad in the EU

  • Regulation on roaming on public mobile communications networks within the EU

  • European Health Insurance Card

    giving access to state-provided healthcare

    during a temporary stay in the EU, Iceland, Lichtenstein,Norway and Switzerland


Your Voice & the EP

1) European Ombudsman

  • Complaints to the work of EC, EPSO, EP, etc.

    2) Petitions

    - ACTA

    3) European citizens' initiative

    - Right2Water!


Therole of Political Foundations

  • What are political foundations?

  • What are their activities?

  • What is their role in relation to the European Parliament elections?


Political Groups of the European Parliament - 7th legislature


Group of the European People's Party - EPP (Christian Democrats)

MEPs: 265 (2009)

Score: 36 %

Official Website:

www.eppgroup.eu


Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament(S & D)

MEPs: 184 (2009)

Score: 25 %

Official Website:

www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu/


Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)


Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance(the GREENS/EFA)

MEPs: 55 (2009)

Score: 7,5 %

Official Website:

http://www.greens-efa.eu


The European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR)

MEPs: 54 (2009)

Score: 7.3 %

Official website:

http://ecrgroup.eu/


Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL)

MEPs: 35 (2009)

Score: 4.8 %

Official website:

www.guengl.eu/


Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD)

MEPs: 32 (2009)

Score: 4.3 %

Official website:

www.efdgroup.eu


Voting Rights and Eligibility. Voting abroad

  • EU citizens may exercise their right to vote and to stand as a candidate either in the EU country of residence or in their home country (Act: Council Directive 93/109/EC of 6 December 1993).

  • It is ultimately a matter for each EU country to determine which persons are its nationals.

  • No one may vote more than once or stand as a candidate in more than one EU country.

  • To prevent double voting and double candidacy, EU countries must exchange information on citizens registered to vote or to stand as a candidate.


Voting Rights and Eligibility

  • To have the choice of voting in more than one EU member state

  • Getting on the electoral roll

  • Conditions to vote

  • Standing as a candidate

  • Conditions to stand as a candidate

  • Compulsory voting: Belgium, Cyprus, Greece and Luxembourg


THANK YOU!

Presentation by ENoP Working Group Citizenship

www.enop.eu


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