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Choose who is in charge - The importance of voting

Institutions 16-05-2014 - 12:41
 
 

A student, designers, an entrepreneur and a farmer… These are some of the 400 million of Europeans who will choose who’s in charge in Europe during the European elections taking place on 22-25 May. “I think we have an opportunity to be a part of something really huge. We need to be a part of it. We have to vote,” said Ricardo, a retired landscape architect from Spain. Find out more about Ricardo and other voters in our videos and get inspired! (Read more: Get inspired, become a voter )

“I believe that my future is one where I can do what I love,” says Aliki, a 22-year-old student from Athens. She will be voting in the next European elections taking place on 22-25 May. Watch the video to find out why voting is important to her. (Read more: Why I vote – Aliki)

“I think that the most important, or the most difficult thing, is to find a job. Especially for women who return from maternity leave,” says Magdaléna, a factory worker from Slovakia who wants her voice to be heard. That is why she is taking part in the next European elections. Meet Magdaléna in our video. (Read more: Why I vote – Magdaléna)

For Ricardo, being retired does not mean that life has to come to a half. A retired landscape architect and a member of several NGOs, this active Spaniard will choose who’s in charge in Europe. “I think we have an opportunity to be a part of something really huge," he says. "We need to be a part of it. We have to vote." (Read more: Why I vote – Ricardo)

Tom is the 34-year-old manager of a Belgian tomato farm, which employs workers from all over the European Union. “It would be easier if there were the same regulations for all residents of European Union," he says. Find out why he wants to vote in the European elections. (Read more: Why I vote - Tom)

Jens and Sedsel are Danish designers. A couple in personal life and partners in business life, they think it’s important to vote. “One good reason to vote in the European elections is the fact that we can," says Jens. (Read more: Why we vote - Jens and Sedsel)

Irish entrepreneur Trish will be one of the 400-odd million Europeans who will elect the new European Parliament. “It’s important for me to vote in the European elections because, as a small country, it gives us a voice in Europe,” says Trish. Find out more about her in our video. (Read more: Why I vote - Trish)

“We have to go and vote for a better future for ourselves and our children,” says Dina, a mother of two small children who lives with her family in Riga, Latvia. Meet the family in our video. (Read more: Why I vote - Dina)

Wegene and Rudi are a couple living in Austria. Rudi has been using a wheelchair ever since a skiing accident left him paralysed. He says that despite the difficulties, people in wheelchairs can live a high-quality life, especially in Europe where infrastructure is good and you are accepted. (Read more: Why we vote - Wegene and Rudi)

Many tough decisions have been taken as a result of the economic crisis in Europe these last few years and many more still need to be taken. What direction should Europe take? How should future challenges be tackled? On 22-25 May you have the chance to have your say on how Europe should be run. Watch the official EP TV spot for the upcoming elections to find out more. (Read more: European elections: choose who’s in charge)

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400 million people
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Deciding Europe's future
 

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