Expat voting to be made easier in European elections
December 19, 2006 Leave a Comment
The European Commission is working to make the 2009 European Parliament elections more “European,” proposing measures to make it easier for citizens to vote and stand as candidates in a member state other than their own.
Europeans living in another member state are gradually showing more interest in electing their MEPs, going up from 5.9 percent in 1994 to 9 percent in 1999 and 11.94 percent in 2004, according to a commission report released last week.
The figures come despite the trend of ever-lower general participation in European elections, which reached a new low of 45.6 percent in 2004.
Read full article: EU Observer, 18 December 2006