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The European elections of 22-25 May 2014 give voters the chance to influence the European Union’s future political course when they elect the 751 members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to represent their interests for the next five years.
When is election day?
Each member state has its own electoral laws and each one decides on what day its citizens will go to the polls during the four-day election period from 22 to 25 May 2014. British voters will turn out on 22 May to elect their 73 MEPs, Irish voters will choose their 11 MEPs on 23 May and in Malta people will elect their six MEPs on 24 May. The results from all 28 states will be announced on the evening of Sunday 25 May.
How many MEPs will be elected?
There have been 766 Members of the European Parliament since Croatia joined the EU in July 2013, but this number is being scaled down to 751 after this year’s elections and it will stay at that level in the future. These MEPs will represent more than 500 million citizens in 28 member states. Under the EU treates, the seats are allocated among the various countrieson the basis of 'degressive proportionality', meaning countries with larger populations have more seats than smaller ones, but the latter have more seats than strict proportionality would imply.
Why are these elections different?
As the European Union seeks to pull through the economic crisis and EU leaders reflect on what direction to take in future, these are the most important European elections to date.
They do not only allow voters to pass judgment on EU leaders' efforts to tackle the euro zone crisis and to express their views on plans for closer economic and political integration; they are also the first elections since the Lisbon Treaty of 2009 gave the European Parliament a number of important new powers.
What can I do?
1. Show your support on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr by clicking on the links on the top and encourage your friends and followers to do the same.
2. On election night on 25 May, visit www.elections-results2014.eu to see who will be in charge in Europe.
The European Parliament represents more than 500 million EU citizens making it the only directly elected EU institution.