European Elections 2014 - A Strong Voice for Diabetes

The European Elections that will be held from 22 to 25 May 2014 represent a unique opportunity to make sure diabetes is high up on the EU political agenda for the next five years.

Why are European Elections important? Where can you find more information? How can you engage with candidates? What about political parties and manifestos? You will find in the section useful information to help you better understand what is at stake in the 2014 European Elections and support your advocacy activities in this crucial time for the European Union.

Why are the European Elections important?

During the European Elections, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will be elected for a 5-year mandate. The European Parliament is the only institution of the European Union which is elected directly by EU citizens. European elections represent a unique opportunity for EU citizens to tell policymakers what matters to them and decide who will represent them as new European legislation is debated, rejected or adopted. Therefore it is a unique opportunity for the diabetes community to make its voice heard.

Why the European Parliament and its composition matter?

The European Parliament hold important powers within the European Union:  legislative, budgetary and political. These powers have a direct influence of people's lives. MEPs have a say in the adoption of EU laws which will apply to all Member States, in the adoption of the EU budget and in the nomination of the European Commissioners. Political parties that are strongly represented in the Parliament have a real influence on the Parliament’s work and priorities.

Which are the European political parties and what do they stand for?

A political party at European level is an organisation following a political programme, which is composed of national parties and individuals as members and which is represented in several Member States. As mentioned in the Treaties, "political parties at European level are important as a factor for integration within the Union. They contribute to forming a European awareness and to expressing the political will of the citizens of the Union."

Click here for the list of European political parties.

Where can you find more information?