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European Parliament wants EU voter to cast two votes on Europe Day

From 2024, the European elections should no longer be held over four days, but on one fixed day: 9 May. That is what the European Parliament has proposed.

Parliament also wants voters to be allowed to cast two votes: one national and one candidate from another EU country. The EU politicians also want a reconsideration of a system with pan-European party leaders.

This would allow a limited number of MEPs (28) to be directly elected by all EU citizens. Now MEPs can only be elected via a national list. With these transnational lists, the EP hopes to bring about more pan-European elections.

In addition, on Monday 9 May ('Europe Day'), the proposals from the “Conference on the Future of Europe”, which also contain many recommendations for strengthening European democracy, will be presented.

In the previous elections, in 2019, not a single woman from some countries was elected to the European Parliament. That is why the European Parliament wants a mandatory 'zipper system' in which men and women alternate on electoral lists.

Another idea is to apply quotas so that the rights of non-binary persons are also respected. Postal voting should also be made possible. Parliament also wants eighteen-year-olds to be able to stand as candidates in all Member States.

European electoral lists are said to narrow the gap between voters and European institutions. Voters can then directly vote for candidates who are running for the presidency of the European Commission.

The Dutch SGP and CU think it is a bad plan to vote on Ascension Day in 2024. The report proposes that the upcoming elections be held on Thursday 9 May, the date referred to as 'Europe Day'.


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