November 7, 2007
How to explain that since 1979 and the first European elections the powers of the European Parliament have increased but voter participation has gone down to reach below 50% at the 2004 elections?
ECAS believes that this does not reflect general disenchantment with the European construction – since the turnout in the European referenda was high. It rather reflects the weak communication policy of the EU in general. Factual, non-political and timely information is a basic demand. In the case of the European elections, people need to be informed about how the European Parliament works and its main priorities. If people are not informed in the first place, is it hardly surprising that they are less motivated to vote let alone participate in the campaign.
20 months before next elections, citizens do not know much neither about communications campaign nor about the content of these campaigns.
Come to our next confenrece to find out from MEPs and civil society experts what is being prepared for June 2009:
“3C’s for European elections”
27 November 2007 (9h00 -17h30)
European Parliament, Eastman buildingAuthor : ecas