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EP Elections

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Women in parliaments

The Infographic “Women in parliaments” provides information on the proportion of women in national parliaments, compares representation of women in national parliaments with their numbers in the European Parliament and shows the number of women in the EP by political group. Continue reading

The History of European electoral reform and the European Elections Act

Written by Wilhelm Lehmann Next year, the entry into force of the Electoral Act (or Act Concerning the Election of the Representatives of the European Parliament by Direct Universal Suffrage in full), will mark its 40th anniversary. The Act laid the legal foundation for holding the first direct elections to the European Parliament, in June … Continue reading

A year of change: the European Parliament in 2014

Written by Nicole Zandi Our role in the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) is to support parliamentary debate through ensuring Members are well-informed, in particular through our online and printed products. This year’s European election, and start of the eighth parliamentary term, has put us to the test. To mark the occasion the EPRS team … Continue reading

Ask EP – Insight: EP elections, Ukraine, human rights, animal welfare

The European elections in May were by far the most popular topic in the past few months with citizens writing to the European Parliament on a variety of issues, both during the pre- and post-election period and even on election day itself. Other important issues for the period April to June 2014 included the on-going … Continue reading

Topics and links − June 2014

Update: This post is available in most EU languages – please see at the bottom of this post. The outcome of the European elections in May was by far the hottest topic in June which prompted citizens to write to the European Parliament. Other citizens’ concerns included the trade agreement EU-US and the human rights … Continue reading

Size of Political Groups in the EP (2014-2019)

Our table shows the number of MEPs in each group, broken down by Member State, as well as the non-attached (NI) Members not in any group. Continue reading

Topics and links − May 2014

Update: This post is available in most EU languages – please see at the bottom of this post. What’s coming next after the European elections? What is Parliament’s position on the developments in Ukraine? Answers to these questions or other citizens’ concerns can be found by consulting our selection of links below. The following topics … Continue reading

Elections Week

It comes as no surprise that this week our blog will focus on the European elections. However, to take a slightly different angle on this hot topic, the EPRS Historical Archives have prepared a number of posts based on the elections of the past. The elections next week will be only the 8th since the … Continue reading

The European Parliament 2009-14 : Five years’ work in figures

This “At a glance” infographic aims to give a succinct picture of some of the activities undertaken by the European Parliament over the most recent term, from July 2009 to date. The Parliament adopts its positions by voting in plenary session on legislative and budgetary texts, as well as on owninitiative reports and other resolutions. EP committees … Continue reading

In focus – European Elections 2014

European Elections are less than 50 days away. It’s time to bring together our publications on the topic and focus on this unique pan-European ballot. Who are we electing? The European Parliament (EP) is the only directly elected EU institution. In May, voters from 28 Member States will elect 751 Members of the European Parliament … Continue reading

Topics and links − March 2014

How did the European Parliament react to the Russian invasion of Crimea? How can I vote in the upcoming European elections, even if I live abroad? Answers to these questions or other citizens’ concerns can be found by consulting our selection of links below. The following topics are based on questions and comments from citizens … Continue reading

In focus – the European Parliament has more power

The European Parliament (EP) is the only directly elected EU institution. The upcoming elections will highlight the increase in its powers subsequent to the Lisbon Treaty – for example, the EP will elect the European Commission President, on the basis of a proposal from the Heads of State, and taking into account the European elections. … Continue reading

Turnout in European elections

The turnout at European Parliament elections is often the subject of debate. Whilst turnout has declined in successive European elections since the first in 1979 to the most recent in 2004, the charts in this briefing put that into the context of the parallel declines in turnout in national parliamentary elections in EU Member States … Continue reading

Female Political Representation – the use of Electoral Gender Quotas

Written by Irene Hennigan In almost 100 countries throughout the world, parties and parliaments have responded to growing national and international pressure to increase women’s political representation by introducing electoral gender quotas. Those in favour of gender quotas believe it is an effective tool for ‘fast tracking’ the achievement of gender balance in political institutions, … Continue reading

The role played by social media in political participation and electoral campaigns

Written by Susanna Tenhunen and Vilma Karvelyte Updated on 22 January 2015 Social Media has rapidly grown in importance as a forum for political activism in its different forms. Social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube provide new ways to stimulate citizen engagement in political life, where elections and electoral campaigns have a … Continue reading

2014 European elections: national rules

Updated on 10/04/2014 This InfoGraphic looks at the forthcoming European elections, comparing key data for each Member State. The elections to the next European Parliament will be held in all EU Member States between 22 and 25 May 2014. Election day (in some Member States still subject to confirmation) is set by each Member State … Continue reading

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