January 2014: European Parliament Elections
The European elections, which are held every five years, give all EU citizens a chance to vote for the people they would like to represent them in the European Parliament.
Whichever Member State you come from, you are entitled to vote here in Luxembourg.
The next European elections are being held on 25 May 2014, so sign up before 28 February and have your say!
The European Parliament passes laws that take account of the shared interests of all Europeans and affect each and everyone of us in our daily lives. For example, through its involvement in setting the EU budget, it keeps a close eye on how your money is spent by the EU. It also plays a key role in agreements on longer-term EU funding. And in 2014, for the first time, it will elect the president of the EU’s executive, the European Commission, thus ensuring that the choice of president reflects the votes cast in the European elections. So voting in the European elections gives you a real say in EU policy-making.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE?
Luxembourg nationals are entered on the electoral roll and called to vote automatically. If you are a non-Luxembourgish EU national living in Luxembourg, you can vote either for candidates standing in your own Member State or for those standing in Luxembourg. If you choose to do the latter, you need to:
be at least 18 years of age on the day of the elections,
live in Luxembourg,
register on the electoral roll of the municipality in which you live before 28 February 2014.
I can vote, so I’ll register!
HOW DO I REGISTER?
To register on the electoral roll, go to your local council offices with a valid identity document and fill in an application form. You can register on the electoral roll at any time, but if you intend to vote in the European elections on 25 May 2014, you will need to do so before 28 February 2014. No fee is charged. Once you have registered, you will remain on the electoral roll for as long as you continue to live in Luxembourg. You may ask to have your name taken off the roll at any time. Voting is compulsory in Luxembourg, and postal voting is allowed. NB: Registering on the electoral roll for local elections does not entitle you to vote in European elections, for which there is a separate roll.)
HOW DO I VOTE?
A few days before the date of the elections, you will receive an official notification telling you where, when and how to vote. In European elections, the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg elects six Members of the European Parliament. You can either vote for a single list with six candidates on it or give your six votes to different candidates on one or more lists. The seats go to the candidates with the largest number of votes. Voting is a right, and as many of us as possible should vote on 25 May 2014!
Useful information on voting rights for non-Luxembourg nationals : jepeuxvoter.lu/en
Online quiz « I vote » : jevote.public.lu
As a national of a Member State of the European Union, you also have the right to become a candidate. Find more information onjepeuxvoter.lu