Brussels’ attention is turning towards the 22-25 May elections to the European Parliament. Following this, Brussels will move into its 8th legislature of the Parliament due to run from 2014-2019 and will be important in determining the nature of the next European Commission. In other words, these elections will be a determinant factor in the legislation put forward over the course of the next five years.
The elections will also be the first following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. From now on, results of elections to the European Parliament will be linked to the choice of candidate for the President of the European Commission. The whole Commission, including the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, needs Parliament’s approval to take office.
While CESI is an advocate of independence from political influence, it is important for Europe’s citizens to vote based on the issues that affect them and which are important to them as individuals. With this in mind, CESI is giving its members the chance to virtually campaign on these issues in Brussels and beyond to encourage people to vote on the issues that matter to them.