The European Elections: EU Legislation, National Provisions and Civic Participation

15-04-2014

This study describes both the European framework and national provisions on electoral procedures in the Member States of the European Union, including recent developments such as the creation of European political parties and foundations and the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. For all Member States the most important legal provisions, the electoral system and some outcomes of past elections -such as gender distribution of MEPs and participation of citizens from other Member States -are presented. The document also provides information sources for further study of national regulations.

This study describes both the European framework and national provisions on electoral procedures in the Member States of the European Union, including recent developments such as the creation of European political parties and foundations and the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. For all Member States the most important legal provisions, the electoral system and some outcomes of past elections -such as gender distribution of MEPs and participation of citizens from other Member States -are presented. The document also provides information sources for further study of national regulations.