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European elections: what you need to know in order to vote Infographic - Institutions24-02-2014 - 14:09

The countdown has begun with fewer than 100 days to go before the European elections take place. On 22-25 May, EU voters go to the polls to elect 751 new MEPs and decide which direction Europe should follow. But how many MEPs will be elected in each member state? When is election day in your country and when do you need to register if you live in another part of the EU and wish to vote there? Find out the answers to these questions and more in our infographic on the European elections. (Read more: European elections: what you need to know in order to vote)

 
 
Atmospheric gateway panorama, Rotterdam  

The first ships have yet to arrive, but already there is plenty of activity amid the sand and the dunes. Rotterdam, Europe’s biggest port, has just reclaimed 2,000 hectares of land from the North Sea to expand its gateway by a staggering 20%. Reduced to rubble during the Second World War, Rotterdam quickly blossomed in the following decades thanks to the gradual reduction of trade barriers between members of the European Union. (Read more: Gateway to the world: how EU helped Rotterdam to become Europe's largest port)

 
 

ReAct Madrid: how to exit from the economic crisis

Others Institutions / Economic and monetary affairs19-02-2014 - 15:00
React Madrid announcer illustration  

The crisis and how to exit from it will be the subject of ReAct Madrid, an interactive conference that the European Parliament organises in Spain on Thursday 20 February from 20.00-22.30 CET. Follow the debates on how to reverse the damage caused by the recession and ensure future economic growth and employment live on our website. You can also join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #ReACTMadrid. (Read more: ReAct Madrid: how to exit from the economic crisis)

 
 
VP Othmar Karas  VP Miguel Angel Martínez Martínez  

Many international organisations such as the United Nations take important decisions with little or no parliamentary oversight. To remedy this, many parliaments - including the EP - have been advocating the establishment of a directly elected parliamentary assembly. On Tuesday the EU Parliaments in Global Governance Forum brings together MEPs and their national counterparts in Brussels to discuss how parliaments can play a bigger role in transnational decision making. (Read more: MEPs and national counterparts discuss Parliaments' role in global governance)

 
 

EP this week: posted workers, clean water, sea border controls

Others Institutions17-02-2014 - 12:14
EP building in Brussels  

MEPs are set to endorse an agreement with the Council on sea border controls and will try to reach a deal on better protection for workers posted in another EU country. On Monday the EP holds a public hearing for the first citizens' initiative on good quality water as a basic right and the last ReAct event will take place in Madrid to discuss the economy. (Read more: EP this week: posted workers, clean water, sea border controls)

 
 

The European Council - EU heads of state and government - should honour the citizens’ choice when proposing a candidate for Commission President, to be elected by Parliament under the new Lisbon Treaty arrangements, says a report voted by the Constitutional Affairs Committee on Tuesday. As many members of the next Commission as possible should be chosen from among MEPs, it adds. (Read more: EP elections: candidate for Commission President should reflect voters’ choice)

 
 

The 2014 European elections: this time it's different

Others Institutions11-02-2014 - 11:45
-100 days to the EP election days  

The countdown has started: there are 100 days to go until the first polling stations open for the 2014 European elections. In the second biggest democratic exercise in the world, 400 million people in Europe can cast their vote for a new European Parliament. The 751 MEPs taking up their seats in July will not only set the course of European policies for the next five years but also elect the leader of the EU's executive body, the European Commission President. (Read more: The 2014 European elections: this time it's different )

 
 

The countdown has started: there are 100 days to go until the first polling stations open for the 2014 European elections. In the second biggest democratic exercise in the world, 400 million people can cast their vote for a new European Parliament. The 751 MEPs taking up their seats in July will not only set the course of European policies for the next five years but also elect the leader of the EU's executive body, the European Commission President. (Read more: THE 2014 EUROPEAN ELECTIONS: THIS TIME IT’S DIFFERENT)

 
 

Voters will elect the new European Parliament on 22-25 May and by doing this, also indicate who they want as the new president of the European Commission. Because of new rules, voters have more power than ever before. With only 100 days to go before the first voting booths open, the EP's constitutional affairs committee votes on 11 February on a report on the link between the elections and the selection of the commissioners and their president. Check out our infographic to learn more. (Read more: Election countdown: how your vote for Parliament will decide the new Commission)

 
 

Frontiers of the EU: the border that ceased to be

Others Institutions10-02-2014 - 17:05
Statue of Kehl bridge in Strasbourg  

The Passerelle Mimram/Mimram-Brücke straddling the river Rhine at Strasbourg is one of the bridges joining two border regions that were once bitterly divided. Before the Alsace region was the stage for a series of bloody battles between France and Germany over who could rule this region. The guns have now fallen silent and locals are more than content to sample the best of what both countries have to offer in terms of employment, housing and education. (Read more: Frontiers of the EU: the border that ceased to be)