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Why do I have to vote?

In a few days, more than 400 millions of Europeans are being called to vote and decide their future in the European elections.

Although the participation trend has gone downwards since 1979 (first elections), the new Treaty of Lisbon (2009-12-01) gives more power to the Parliament and, therefore, more power to voters. Probably, this year more users will get closer to the ballot box.

Why are these elections so important?

Firstly, the number of Members of the European Parliament (MEP) have decreased from 766 MEP to 751.
The European Treaty stipulates the number of these members according to the ‘regressive proportionality’. Countries with more population have more chairs rather than those who have less population.
However, these small countries do not follow the strict proportionality. 
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Secondly, electors are going to vote, indirectly, the President of the European Commission. The Treaty of Lisbon gives more power to the Parliament and, therefore, more power to

The Treaty of Lisbon gives more power to the Parliament and, therefore, more power to European citizens. In other words, this new Parliament has 40 new areas to rule and European voters can be closer to change some of these scopes.

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Thirdly, these elections are mainly focused on first European voters. 37,4 millions of beginners may replace those who do not feel encouragement and confident from the European Parliament.

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However, since 1979 the participation trend has sharply dropped because of the mistrust in politicians and the economical crisis.

For instance, the overall trend in Spain shows that the first spanish elections concentrated a massive number of voters, but from 1999 to nowadays less people are likely to approach to a ballot box.

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Finally, the campaign for the European Elections 2014: ‘Act. React. Impact‘ designed by the Parliament costed 16 millions of euros for the whole 28 Sates Members. This publicity, translated to 24 official languages, wants to mobilize voters and react against abstention.

If you want to be up to date about all the news related to the Elections, there is a useful hashtag on Twitter: #PE2014

After seven elections, Europe is looking for those who are going to represent and drive these countries to a better future. There are some important issues on debate and citizens want solutions, no more problems:

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SOURCES
Elections2014.eu
Eurobarómetro 2014
Europapr.europa.eu
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