Every 5 years, hundreds of millions of people from all over Europe vote to elect their representatives in the European Parliament, the EU’s only directly elected institution. Following next year’s election, there will be 705 elected members of the European Parliament ensuring that decisions, which affect citizens, are made democratically. Your vote has never been so important.

With the challenges that we are facing in Europe, we need to respond to our citizens’ needs. Nationalism and extremism are growing in a number of EU countries. While these movements protest, they do not offer solutions. These movements do not want to reform or change Europe for the better, they want to destroy it. We will not allow nationalists and extremists to prevent us from building the Europe that answer our citizens’ needs. We won’t let them destroy what we have achieved TOGETHER.

Four reasons why you should vote

Vote to change the EU, for the better, not to destroy it

Vote for a Europe which brings hope, not fear

Vote for a Europe which answers peoples' needs and listens

Vote for a Europe which tackles shared problems Together

From 23-26 May 2019, people like you from all over Europe will vote in the most important European elections so far. This time is not enough to just hope for a better future. This time it is not enough to complain, protest and do nothing to help others. Now each and every one of us needs to act to take Europe forward together. Only with people voting for Europe can we work TOGETHER for a social, progressive and inclusive Europe based on diversity, freedom, solidarity, equality and fairness.

Elections from Europeans’ perspective

So why does your vote matter?

 

What if we don’t vote?

We cannot take democracy for granted. The right to vote is one of our most important freedoms as individuals. It ensures we have a voice and it ensures that our voices are heard. We need to stand up for the idea of democracy and one of the best ways to do this is to vote in elections.

 

Why is Europe worth voting for?

In an ever more globalised world, where we are more connected across borders than ever before, there are some problems we simply cannot solve in isolation. The Brexit referendum showed that we cannot take the European Union for granted. This is why Europe is worth voting for.

 

What can your vote achieve?

With peoples’ votes for the current European Parliamentary term, we have tackled problems like youth unemployment, ensuring that all young people receive a good-quality offer of employment, traineeship or apprenticeship within four months of becoming unemployed or leaving formal education. With peoples’ votes, we have also ensured that mobile phone costs have been reduced while abroad, that you can access online services in another country and that you stay in control of your data. These are just a snapshot of very practical ways of how your vote can make a difference.

 

What’s next for the European Parliament?

The work doesn’t stop here. MEPs will build on the work we have achieved over the next five years, working with the European Commission and with national governments. Whether it is tackling child poverty, fighting tax evasion, protecting the environment or managing migration, your vote determines Europe’s journey. Your vote is chance to have your say on what kind of Europe you want to live in.

Elections start in 58 days