Run-up to European elections: key moments ahead 

 
 

Work in the European Parliament’s eighth term ends on 18 April 2019. In a direct vote on 23-26 May, citizens in 27 EU member states will elect 705 MEPs to form the new House.

In the remaining plenary sessions, Parliament in its current form (751 MEPs from 28 member states) will debate and vote on many crucial legislative proposals, including the EU’s next long-term budget and the UK’s “ “Brexit” withdrawal agreement (read more on past and upcoming decisions in the “Achievements” section). MEPs’ “Future of Europe” debates with EU leaders are set to attract growing public attention as the election campaigns get under way.

Future of Europe: Europe’s leaders discuss ways forward with MEPs

At the invitation of Parliament’s President Antonio Tajani, EU heads of state or government will continue debating their visions of Europe’s future with MEPs and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker during plenary sessions. Past contributions by Mateusz Morawiecki (Poland), Mark Rutte (Netherlands), Xavier Bettel (Luxembourg), Charles Michel (Belgium), Emmanuel Macron (France), António Costa (Portugal), Andrej Plenković (Croatia) and Leo Varadkar (Ireland) will be followed by debates with Alexis Tsipras (Greece), Jüri Ratas (Estonia), Klaus Iohannis (Romania), Angela Merkel (Germany), Lars Løkke Rasmussen (Denmark), Pedro Sánchez (Spain), Andrej Babiš (Czech Republic) and Juha Sipilä (Finland).

Watch the videos on “Future of Europe

State of the Union 2018 Commission President Juncker’s legacy

At the September 2018 plenary session, Jean-Claude Juncker, who became President of the European Commission after his party won most seats in 2014 European elections, delivers his last “State of the Union” (SOTEU) speech in a debate on the outgoing Commission’s work, attended by all Commissioners. MEPs will assess political achievements and set the agenda for the upcoming months.

Read more on the assessment of the Commission’s performance to date.

Parliament to vote on UK withdrawal bill

The EU Commission negotiating team and the UK government are expected to conclude the Brexit negotiations in the autumn. The European Parliament will need to approve the agreement by a simple majority of votes cast (Article 50 (2) of the Treaty). For this reason, it is kept closely informed of the proceedings, even though it has no formal role in the negotiations. Britain’s membership of the European Union is set to lapse as of 29 March 2019. Read more about Parliament’s debates and resolutions online on Brexit.

Citizens’ debates on Europe’s future

To kick off the citizen’s debates, people between 16 and 30 years old held a pan-European citizens’ debate on the future of Europe, in Strasbourg on 1 and 2 June, as part of the 2018 “European Youth Event” (EYE2018), hosted by Parliament but run by young people for young people. More than 8,000 young people from all parts of Europe expressed their view and expectations, summarized in a report on 100 ideas for the future of Europe to be followed by hearings in Parliament’s committees on the ten best ideas.

Democracy alive: This time I’m voting

Parliament’s services will use both traditional and digital campaign tools to inform European citizens about past achievements and the challenges ahead, to allow for informed debate on what makes the EU valuable to them and where it needs change to deliver benefits for all - at local, regional, national and cross-border levels. A non-partisan platform “This time I’m voting.eu” has been set up to encourage open public debate and motivate more people to get involved, get informed and make their voices heard in the May 2019 European elections.

Parliament’s communication services, and in particular its liaison offices in all member states, will act as information hubs tailored to local needs. They will support public debate by offering local platforms, easy-to-access online tools, seminars and information material (such as an application on the impact of EU legislation in each and every region, available at the start of 2019). Quick-response services such as Ask EP, FAQ, #EUandME (by the European Commission) are available in all languages.

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