🇪🇺2024 European Elections Dates confirmed!
After much negotiation and a last-minute Portuguese bid to change it, we now have the confirmed dates for next year's European Elections
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Ladies and gentlemen, it is now official.
After much discussion and negotiations between the Institutions, the dates for the 2024 European Parliament elections have finally been agreed, and according to the Swedish presidency of the Council of the EU, has been signed off on by EU diplomats.
With the last elections having been in May 2019, the 2024 Elections have now been confirmed to take place from Thursday 6 June to Sunday 9 June 2024, with every country voting on the day that corresponds most with their electoral norms.
Portugal had made a bid to move away from these dates, claiming that the national holiday on Monday 10 June would lead to depressed turnout at home, but they were not able to muster unanimous support to shift the calendar.
President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, made the following statement following the announcement:
“I encourage everyone to recapture the sense of hope and possibility that the European Union offers. To vote. Do not let someone else choose for you. Be part of the largest democratic exercise in Europe.”
The European parties and politicians now have 386 days to convince European citizens to support their policy platforms and vote, and to fight for influence within one of the most normatively powerful blocks in the world.
EP elections are historically decried for lack of participation, but this isn’t baked in, and there is always room for the average citizen to fight to increase participation, to fight for democracy, and to fight for Europe to go in the right direction.
With 705 parliamentary seats up for election for the 2024 - 2029 legislative mandate, you have the opportunity to not only vote for what you believe in to be better represented in the European Parliament but also shape the European Commission.
Not only this, but you have an opportunity to encourage the people around you to engage more in Europe and to engage in the largest democratic exercise on our continent.
In the meantime, if you would like to read about what being a European means to us Europeans, whether you are one of us, will be in the future, or are just interested, check out this article where I explained our history and spoke to my fellow citizens.
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