Did you know – on June 7, registered voters in Ireland will have the chance to elect 14 Members of the European Parliament, called MEPs, to represent them for the next 5 years!

With 720 MEPs representing all EU Member States, the European Parliament is the only directly elected EU Institution.

With your vote, you can make your voice heard on important issues such as EU spending, climate change, agriculture, citizen’s rights, and trade.

This is an important opportunity for you to have your views represented in Europe.

What are you voting for? Have your say on June 7th!

What does the European Parliament do?

The European Parliament is the only directly elected EU Institution, and what is decided in the Parliament over the next five years will have a direct impact on our lives.

In June 2024, EU citizens will elect 720 members (MEPs) in total to represent them at the European Parliament until 2029, with 14 MEPs coming from Ireland.

Our MEPs decide with national governments on two key things: laws in some areas e.g., the single market, and how the EU budget is spent, e.g., spend on agriculture.

MEPs also assess the work of the European Commission and keep track of how EU laws are implemented in EU Member States.

Furthermore, MEPs represent EU citizens on major international issues like climate change, human rights, global trade, economic development, and our place in the world – these are all issues where we need our voices to be heard.

What are you voting for?

Ahead of the European Parliament elections in 2024, the European Movement International has put forward key recommendations that will be crucial to addressing the current challenges the EU is facing.

DEMOCRACY, CITIZEN PARTICIPATION AND FUNDAMENTAL VALUES

  • Include rule of law safeguards in all legislation to ensure the enforceability of the EU Treaties and their provisions and implement a “democracy watchdog” with a mandate to routinely monitor the situation of the rule of law in all EU Member States;
  • Keep fighting to ensure media freedom, while countering foreign interference and disinformation;
  • Enhance the representation of underrepresented groups, such as women, young people, ethnic and religious minorities and the LGBTQIA+ community, and ensure they are involved in the decision-making process.
 A SOCIAL, SUSTAINABLE, CREATIVE AND PROSPEROUS EUROPE
  • Accelerate the green transition, while making sure that it is fair and inclusive, through the European Green Deal;
  • Further promote the democratisation of technology to boost the digital transition while making sure to guarantee citizens’ fundamental rights online and environmental standards along with promoting fair competition and innovation;
  • Increase investment in the most up-to-date technical skills to adjust to labour market transitions following the green and digital transition, while transforming our current economy into a wellbeing economy;
  • Coordinate efforts to strengthen workers’ rights while supporting those left out of the labour market.

EUROPE AND THE WORLD

  • Continue to push back Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine and to keep the sanctions active as long as the invasion continues, including support for the post-war reconstruction and social rehabilitation in view of the country’s accession to the EU;
  • Ensure a credible enlargement perspective by increasing cooperation with the Western Balkans, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia for their future accession to the European Union by 2030;
  • Further enhance the EU’s external relations, in particular EU-US relations, EU-Asia relations, EU-Africa relations and EU-Latin America relations by making a priority the protection of democracy, enhancement of human rights and the fight against climate crisis, as well as the promotion of trade;
  • Ensure a migration and asylum policy based on dignity and respect of fundamental human rights and on the open nature of the EU.