CEMR: Towns and regions’ reaction after the EU elections
- Towns and regions’ reaction: Europe needs to take a local shift
The results of the European elections, one of the biggest democratic events worldwide with over 400 million citizens called to the polls, were awaited with great expectation. Citizens have spoken, and perhaps the results reflect both what was said during the campaign, and what was not.
- A good news in turnout: Europeans feel concerned
Unlike the polls predicted, citizens voted in greater numbers than ever, with an average participation of 51%. Still, much remains to be analysed as regards citizens’ abstention; whether the underlying reasons point to a lack of understanding of the role of the Parliament, or a prioritisation of national issues.
- Rise of Euroscepticism: what could be its impact?
The growing number of votes for Eurosceptic parties, with approximately 15% of seats in the newly elected Parliament, can be seen as a call to better listen to citizens’ concerns.
According to the President of the CEMR and also of the region of Emilia Romagna, Stefano Bonaccini (IT), “With an ever-divided Parliament the rise of anti-European forces could slow down important decisions being taken, including EU budget negotiations, which are long awaited by cities and regions to receive EU structural and investment funds. This would distance Europe even further from its citizens. It could also block crucial decisions regarding the EU’s rule of law or impact the nominations from member states for the European Commission and other posts.”
- Equality of women and men: a ray of light in the new EU Parliament
The new Parliament however, is expected to be more gender balanced. Thanks to gender rules in a growing number of countries, more women should become MEPs. In the previous term, only 1/3 of MEPs were women.
CEMR has consistently promoted the need for greater equality between men and women in terms of political representation through its #Power2Her campaign.
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