On 24 October, Eurocircle-Europe Direct, welcomed representatives from the European Parliament to present the Parliament’s campaign ‘‘This time I’m voting’’ to members of the public who were engaged with the campaign online.
This meeting, organised by the European Parliament’s Marseille Office, began with the representatives providing some more background information about next years elections. This was then followed by group activities with participants in small groups having to discuss how to encourage participation in the European elections. The attendees came from a range of age groups and social backgrounds, and made a number of interesting contributions.
A few words regarding the campaign : ‘‘This time I’m voting.’’
As Europeans we face many challenges, from migration to climate change, from youth unemployment to data privacy. We live in an ever more globalised, competitive world . At the same time, the Brexit referendum has demonstrated that the EU is not an irrevocable project. And while most of us take democracy for granted, it also seems under increasing threat, both in principle and practice.
That’s why we have started building a community of supporters to help encourage a higher voter turnout at the European elections. Our goal is not to tell people who they should vote for: it is to promote the act of voting itself, the act of engaging in the democratic process; and the act of doing so in a conscious and fully informed way. We want to harness the power of human interaction and build a community of supporters across Europe to rally behind the cause of voting and to stand up for the very idea of democracy. Together decide what kind of Europe we want to live in.
Because this time it’s not enough to hope for a better future: this time each and every one of us must take responsibility for it too.
For more information regarding the campaign, click here : https://www.thistimeimvoting.eu/