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20-04-2009

Do you want to know how to Use Your Vote in the European Elections on 5 June?

On Tuesday, 28 April, the European Parliament Office in Ireland will hold an event to encourage citizens from all EU Member States, resident in Ireland, to vote in the forthcoming European Elections between 4-7 June 2009.

The following questions will be answered at the event:

  • As a non-Irish EU-citizen, can I participate in the European Elections in Ireland or in my country of origin?
  • Where do I have to register?
  • What are the deadlines for registration?
  • What is the voting procedure in my home country?

Between 4 and 7 June of this year, 375 million voters in 27 countries will have the right to elect their representatives to the European Parliament (MEPs) and thereby shape Europe's future. During the event on Tuesday, 28 April, the objective is to raise awareness among Irish and non-Irish EU citizens about their right to participate in the European Elections and the way in which they can do that. The key message is 'Use Your Vote' and the important role played by the EU in the lives of its citizens will be emphasised - whether it's the food we eat, the water we drink, the cars we drive or the air we breathe, over the next 5 years, the European Parliament will take decisions that will affect your life.

Given the large number of non-Irish EU citizens now resident in Ireland, it is especially important that eligible voters be aware of their rights to vote in Ireland or if they so choose, to vote for candidates at home. On Tuesday, 28 April, the European Parliament will launch a series of information leaflets about the voting options for citizens from each of the EU's Member States.

Additional information material about the European Elections and the European Parliament will be available in many of the EU's 23 official languages.

Date and Time: Tuesday, 28 April at 6pm
Venue: European Union House, 16 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

The programme will include presentations by the Franchise Section of the Department of the Environment, by miCandidate.eu and by representatives from the Polish and French communities in Ireland. The event will conclude with a reception.