The European Parliament along the other institutions of the EU may seem far away from citizens in the different Member States, and often they don’t even hear about what decisions were taken. Contrary to common belief COFACE is convinced that the European Parliament does have power in a large number of important areas that impact our everyday lives, and those of families living in Europe.

Nearly 400 million adults in Europe will be entitled to vote between 22 and 25 May to elect the 751 MEPs in the new European Parliament. The European Parliament has power in a number of areas that affect everyday lives of the families living in Europe. We think it is extremely important to vote, for that reason, we organised a European campaign including a debate and a publication, aiming at help European citizens to make a choice for the 2014 European Parliament Elections.

What will change for me if I vote at the European Elections? How do I know which candidate to vote for?

THE CAMPAIGN
COFACE launched a campaign around the European elections in May 2014 in order to motivate people to vote, get engaged and to learn more about the EU.

DEBATE
We organised a European elections debate in March in Berlin. The event, “2014: Citizen action for better family policies”. The event was webstreamed and a number of viewers from different countries joined the debate. The event was very interactive with questions from the audience and on Twitter with the hashtag #FamiliesVOTE2014. The event was organised in close co-operation with Eurofound and COFACE’s German member organisation AGF. The debate focused on how to tackle the current political distrust and disengagement of European citizens as well as to motivate voters to get engaged, learn more about the European Union and vote at the European elections.

PUBLICATION
We launched the #FamiliesVOTE2014 publication: “Helping you make your choice for the 2014 European Parliament Elections” in 5 languages: English, German, Greek, Italian and French. The publication included concrete information for voters but it also compared the various family related programmes of the main political groups in the European Parliament on: Jobs; Work-Life Balance; Family Carers and Disability; Housing; Energy; Migrant and Transnational Families and Financial Inclusion.

Download the publication in English, German, Greek, Italian and French.