Indeed, this parliament shares the legislative power of the Union with the European Council.
It is currently composed of 766 MEPs (members of parliament). The next parliament will be run by only 751 deputies. These elections will be held through direct universal suffrage and proportional representation. The EU countries have a number of seats proportionally to the size of their population. The fact that voters directly elect their deputies makes the parliament a very powerful institution. MEPs will be responsible for approving -or not- the candidate for the European Commission presidency who’s responsibility is the executive power of the Union.
The main question: abstention
The European elections have always been known for having a higher abstention rate than the average…
Abstention rate from 1979 to 2009 :
European elections could unfortunately reach a new abstention record in 2014.
We can notice that, for the first time, the extreme right wing party, the National Front (FN), could get a better score than the two traditional parties : the socialist party (PS) and the traditional right wing party (UMP).
The results of this election will be announced on May 25.
Voting is not only a right, it is a civic duty.
“To make democracy work, we must be a notion of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.”
– Louis L’Amour