En marche vers les élections européennes 2014
L'année prochaine, pour la première fois, les citoyens européens vont élire une assemblée paneuropéenne nantie de réels pouvoirs. En effet, ce sont les premières élections européennes après l'entrée en vigueur du Traité de Lisbonne qui donne plus de pouvoir au Parlement européen.
In less than one year the next elections will take place. The files are closing, but there is still much to do, says Giovanni La Via, head of the Italian delegation of the PDL Party and Budget Committee member in Strasbourg.
With the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, the European Parliament has become a powerful legislator and will play an increasingly important role in European policies. For every citizen, to vote in the European elections means having the opportunity to influence the composition of the Parliament and the decisions it takes in the course of the five year term. MEP David Sassoli, Head of Delegation of the Democratic Party.
The treaty of Lisbon extends the legislative powers of the European Parliament, which now will have a say in almost every EU law. Euranet´s Urte Modlich reports on the increase of power of the European Parliament.
After the European elections of 2014, twelve Member States shall waive an MEP, while no country will see an increase in its number of seats. These seats are needed for the allocation of seats to Croatia after its accession to the EU and to meet the limit of 751 MEPs, as dictated by the Lisbon Treaty. Spain will maintain the current 54 seats.
On May 25, 2014, the next European elections will take place in Belgium. And at about the same time all across the EU, Europeans will have to choose their MEPs. Interview with political scientist Pascal Delwit about the challenges of these EU elections.