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L’actualité de la campagne 2014


End of European Parliament seventh legislature

The end of the EP’s seventh term will be followed by a presidential debate, election night, the formation of new political groups and the constitution of the new Parliament. The new, eighth, Parliament will be constituted on 1 July, after elections held from 22 to 25 May. Before then, a number of other events will take place. The European Parliament held 76 sessions in the past five years, lasting over 2,150 hours in total. It tabled 45,000 amendments and voted on 970 legislative acts and 754 non-legislative acts in plenary session. It held 27 formal sittings and a total of 22,403 roll-call and electronic votes were carried out in plenary (not including the two April sessions in 2014).

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In Poland, security becomes the leading topic for European elections

The Ukrainian crisis leads the party of the Polish Prime minister Donal Tusjk, the Civic Platform (PO) to direct its campaign for European elections towards the topic of national security. “Tusk puts forward the question of the security of Poland, settled within a strong and united Europe”, says the political analyst Edmund Wnuk-Lipinski. This strategy seems to benefit the PO, which has seen its prospects improve in polls compared to its contender, the Law and Justice party (PiS). In a country where minds are still remembering half a century of soviet occupation, the advantages of such a strategy are so important that Eryk Mistewicz declared to the French AFP: “The most complicate and difficult the situation in Ukraine, the better the PO result will be”.


Debate between Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz

The candidates of the two main European political groups (EPP and PES) running for the presidency of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz debated during the first face to face TV show on 9th April 2014 organised by the TV Channel 24 and RFI radio. The two men admitted that the crisis was not over, that budgetary discipline was necessary, that one of the priorities had to be youth employment, that credit access had to be facilitated to PME’s and that Europe should fight to counter illegal immigration.

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What is the European Parliament?

The European Parliament is an institution of the European Union, which is dual in nature:

> It is the only institution whose members are elected by direct universal suffrage for a 5-year term in office.

> It is the only institution whose powers have been extended as the treaties have been signed.

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Good reasons for going to vote

The European Parliament elections are a decisive moment for European citizens who want to play a role in the running of the European Union. Discover in one click the main reasons why you should vote!