Article written by Duncan Barry – Executive, Communications and Events
Published on The Malta Independent – 23.03.19
Multiple European surveys have indicated a strong support in Malta for the EU and trust in the EU institutions.
This emerged once again in the findings of the Standard Eurobarometer survey issued last month whereby respondents in Malta expressed their trust in the EU institutions, including in the European Parliament (EP), the European Commission and the European Central Bank. However, the European Council and the Council of the European Union scored slightly lower when compared to the other EU institutions.
This brings us to the next point. The European Parliament consolidates its position as one of the most trusted of all European institutions. So why not learn more about its role and the upcoming European elections?
For starters, it is worth mentioning that not all Member States have the same number of MEPs representing them in the EP. For the last decades, big political groups dominated the EP. However, there are fears that this time around, populist parties will change the dynamics of European politics.
The EP is the world’s only transnational parliament that is elected directly, and has a big say in important decisions, including on how funds are spent through the EU’s common budget, legislative decisions, and how the Single Market is regulated.
A misconception that exists and is evident in many debates is that many people think that everything is decided in Brussels when in actual fact Member State decisions are taken in the Member State itself and voiced in the EP by MEPs representing citizens of that Member State after having participated in public debates.
In simpler terms, most EU parliamentarians play a central part in the EU legislative process and can have a big influence and play a crucial role in shaping the policy of the EU.
The EP therefore is the voice of citizens in the EU. After all, citizens themselves elect MEPs in the EP, which is a unique example of multinational and multilingual democracy at work.
To manage issues of top concern, such as security, migration, and climate change, citizens have to work together. And citizens must grasp the opportunity to make this process work. One way of doing this is voting in the upcoming EP elections since it is useless hoping for a better future if we don’t make use of our vote.
The EP launched a campaign called thistimeimvoting which keeps you updated on the upcoming elections. You may subscribe on thistimeimvoting.eu
MEUSAC also partnered up with the European Parliament Liason Office (EPLO) in Malta in a bid to raise awareness on the importance of the upcoming EP elections by promoting the campaign itself through various channels.« Back