The European Parliament would like to see pan-European parties play a bigger and more visible role in the next European elections, which take place from 22 to 25 May 2014. MEPs have therefore recommended that parties name their candidates for the post of the European Commission president well in advance and explain their European agenda to voters so that they can make informed choices.
European political parties receive funding from the European Parliament to meet expenditures directly linked to the objectives laid down in their programmes. Here is our short guide explaining the rules that define how funds are allocated and how the parties can use them.
The official run-up to the 2014 European elections starts on 10 September, when the European Parliament launches its awareness and information campaign. This campaign will continue beyond the elections themselves, until the newly-elected Parliament in turn elects the next European Commission President.
European political parties are organisations with members from several member states who share a common political goal. Their role is to contribute to forming a European awareness and express the political will of people living in the EU. But what kind of Europe do they stand for? Find out more about them here.