May 26 14:00

Changing the European Parliament electoral system as an opportunity to increase voter turnout?

European Parliament Information Office in Poland 14/16a Jasna St., Warsaw

The European Parliament is going to discuss the change in electoral system in June. Does the reform of the electoral law proposed by Andrew Duff give a chance to stop the decline of turnout at European Parliament elections, noticed in most EU member states? Does the reform bring an increased engagement in European affairs? Does introduction of the EU-wide electoral list, running alongside national lists givea chance to stimulate interest in the elections among EU citizens?
The aforementioned issues are going to be discussed during the debate. The discussion will concentrate onthe following questions:
  • Howto increase voter’s activity inthe European Parliament elections?
  • How these changes would affect elections approach in Poland and what legal changes  are expected to implement the reform?
  • What activities need to be taken today - three years before the next elections to the European Parliament,to increase the involvement of EU citizens in the European affairs? One of the indicators of this involvement should be higher voter turnout inthe EP elections in 2014.

Debate programme:

14.00 – 14.10           OPENING
Jacek Safuta
Director of the European Parliament InformationOffice in Poland  

14.10 – 14.40           PRESENTATION
Andrew Duff
 Member of the European Parliament, theauthor of the electoralsystem reform project

14.40 – 16.00           DISCUSSION
Andrew Duff
Member of the European Parliament
Paweł Kowal
Member of the European Parliament
Rafał Trzaskowski
Member of the European Parliament
Moderation: Agnieszka Łada
Head of the European Programme,Institute of Public Affairs
Organisers provide Polish-English simultaneous translation
Information about the event:
Aleksander Fuksiewicz, Institute of Public Affairs,+48 22 556 42 68,
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