Every five years EU citizens choose who represents them in the European Parliament. From May 22 to May 25 European citizens will once again go to the polls to elect their Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) it will be the eighth Europe-wide election to the European Parliament since the first direct elections in 1979. The elections will give voters the chance to influence the future political course of the European Union when they elect the 751 MEPs to represent their interests for the next five years.
Here you can find information about our member's campaigns for the European elections.
Achieving a society for all ages will require decision makers and all relevant stakeholders to take collective responsibility for designing new ways of organising our societies to ensure a fairer and more sustainable future for all generations and to tackle the ongoing economic and social crisis. Civil society's involvement in policy making at all levels should underpin European integration based on democracy, transparency and the participation of all citizens in shaping our societies.
Social, public and co-operatives housing providers work together for a Europe which provides access to adequate and affordable housing that is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable and creates communities where all are enabled to reach their full potential. We want to be part of the solution that Europe needs to deliver. Europe has to find a way to do better with less. This is why our solution stands on three pillars that will lead to better public budgets in each Member State as well as for Europe as a whole. First, we must work towards greater well-being for Europeans to restore confidence, social stability, avoid further societal inequalities and boost local job creation. Second, we must support the right long-term national and European social investment by ensuring better resources for social, public and co-operative housing. This will help us move towards a more resource-efficient and healthy Europe as well as lower socio-economic costs. And third, we must ensure stable and responsible European housing markets to avoid further recession of European economy and to support sustainable growth.
CECOP is the European Confederation representing worker and social cooperatives. Enterprises that put the persons at the hearth of the decision making process, based on solidarity and democracy principles. The generally called social cooperatives (employing 270,000 workers in Europe) are specialised in the provision of social services or in the reintegration of disadvantaged persons facilitating sustainable and quality employment to those at the risk of poverty. Worker and social cooperatives are natural allies of a sustainable and inclusive Europe but in order to fulfill this mission they need adequate EU policies for the promotion of sustainable employment, services of general interest and public investment.
The #FamiliesVOTE2014 publication "Helping you make your choice for the 2014 European Parliament Elections" brings concrete information of the big political groups to the attention of voters to boost citizens’ knowledge and understanding on what the EU can and will do for families’ wellbeing. It compares the various family policies of the Political Groups in the Parliament
Currently, 80 % of care across the EU is provided by –usually unpaid – informal carers. It is time that this huge contribution to individuals in need of care, families, society and the economy is recognised and that policy development takes account of this indispensable resource to ensure that carers are enabled to care. Therefore, Eurocarers has developed a Manifesto for the use of its members with the double aim: to raise awareness of the contribution of and issues faced by carers and the need to address these issues in a practical sense (by means of a EU Carers Strategy); and to invite future MEPs to join the European Parliament Interest Group on Carers, which was active and successful in the current Parliament.
EAPN's campaign manifesto on the 2014 European Elections calls on candidates to show their commitment and sign up to the following pledge: “If elected, I commit to make the fight against poverty, social exclusion and inequality a priority item on the Parliament and EU agenda by defending the development of an explicit European anti-poverty strategy and an annual hearing of people experiencing poverty to monitor its implementation and progress.”
In less than one month, the European elections will take place: a new European Parliament will be elected. European Association for the Education of Adults has contacted candidates for Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from different EU countries to ask them about their views on adult education and non-formal adult learning. We want to know how committed MEP candidates are to promote adult education in Europe.
Persons with disabilities amount for 80 million people in the European Union (16% of the population). One in four families in the EU includes a person with a disability. The European elections campaign is a unique opportunity for candidates MEPs to make strong commitments to concrete changes aiming to ensure that European citizens with disabilities fully enjoy their civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights. EDF calls on candidates MEPs and political parties to include the key priorities of the disability movement into their electoral programmes for the European elections 2014.
The next European Parliament to be elected in May 2014 has a crucial role to play when it comes to reducing the entrenched inequalities faced by its citizens and residents. Among these are ethnic minorities and migrants who often face discrimination on multiple grounds: ethnic origin, nationality, religion, social status, income, gender or age. The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) therefore puts forward 7 key demands for more equality in Europe to upcoming Members of the European Parliament.
The last five years have been difficult for many people living in Europe. Unemployment, cuts to social support, lack of access to finance and the impacts of austerity have taken their toll on people, their health and their faith in the political processes and even democracy. In its Manifesto for the European Parliament elections, the European Public Health Alliance calls on political parties and individual Members of the European Parliament (MEP) candidates to ensure that health and well-being in Europe are ranked as high as they are valued.
Women and girls are half of Europe’s population, and are entitled to the same rights as men and boys. Achieving substantive equality between women and men, promoting women’s rights and empowering women should be a priority of the European Union (EU) and its Member States. Gender equality is an essential part of democracy, social justice, human rights and dignity. The European Parliament (EP) has the power and responsibility to create meaningful change towards equality for all, now and in the future. The EWL Manifesto makes three general and five policy-specific demands.
Eurodiaconia together with three ecumenical partners (APRODEV, CEC and CCME) launched a leaflet and website on the European Parliament elections. For Churches, Christian organisations and Christians living in the EU the elections will be an opportunity to step into the conversation and discuss with candidates our vision of the Union, as a community which promotes a just, participatory and sustainable world in which each person can live in dignity, fulfill his/her potential and live free from poverty.
Young people are facing common challenges across Europe, including unemployment, social marginalisation and political exclusion. The LoveYouthFuture campaign proposes solutions to implement youth rights through Pledges which MEP candidates are invited to take. The pledges, eleven in total, highlight the importance of Europe as a solution to the problems facing its youth and are divided into three categories: Love, Youth and Future. The pledges include protecting young workers, volunteers and interns, providing all young people with the opportunity to have a quality education, fully implementing the Youth Guarantee scheme, encouraging the free movement of young people and lowering the voting age to 16. Over 100 candidates from all the main political parties have already signed the Pledges. MEP candidates can make their Pledge to Youth at www.loveyouthfuture.eu – and they will receive a "My Pledge to Youth" logo to use in their campaign.
ILGA-Europe's Come Out campaign aims to mobilise support for human rights and LGBTI equality among the candidates for next European Parliament and European Commission, and to energise its member organisations and individuals across Europe to vote. The campaign is twofold: Firstly, thjey want to ensure that the candidates for the next European Parliament and the European Commission express their determination to work for human rights and LGBTI equality in the European Union. Secondly, they will work with the elected candidates to continue those institutions’ commitment to human rights generally and LGBTI equality in particular.
Children make up half the population in developing countries. Around 100 million children live in the European Union. The lives of children the world over are affected daily by EU policies, legislation and actions. All EU Member States are parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and have clear legal obligations to promote, protect and fulfill the rights of every child in their jurisdictions. The Lisbon Treaty makes the promotion of children’s rights an explicit objective of EU internal and external affairs and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights requires that the best interests of the child is a primary consideration in all EU action. It is time to translate these commitments into concrete results for children! The group calls on candidates to the European Parliament to make a commitment & to become a Child Rights Champion.