The European Election in June 2024 will offer European citizens the opportunity to appoint directly and by direct universal suffrage the representatives who will act on their behalf for five years in the European Parliament.
Hence European voters can influence the political composition of the European Parliament, which is called to act as part of the legislative procedure, on the main trajectories and decisions taken in the European Union. In addition to this, the fact that the parties represented in the European Parliament will be appointing a lead candidate who could become the President of the Commission if that party wins in the European elections, should be a major political stake in this election.
- The Parliament is the only institution to be elected by direct universal suffrage.
- The Parliament is the only institution which represents the citizens.
- On this occasion the citizens can have their say and give their opinion.
Since every national political party presents its own candidates it is up to each voter to choose the representatives who embody his/her ideological or partisan preferences.
Hence European voters can influence the political composition of the European Parliament, which is called to act in the legislative procedure on the European Union’s main orientations and decisions.
The European Parliament elections are a decisive moment for European citizens who want to play a role in the running of the European Union; there are three types of choice they can make:
– a civic choice since the increasing powers of the European Parliament will help the voter influence the decisions taken by the European Union directly;
– a partisan choice because it helps the voter appoint the representatives who increasingly express their opinion based on ideological criteria;
– and a choice of national influence.
A civic choice
In the beginning the European Parliament was dominated by the notion of institutional endorsement with regard to the European Commission and the Council of the European Union.