|election dates (22-25 May 2014)|
How many Members of the European Parliament (MEP) will be elected?
766 members that will represent 505 million citizens in 28 member states. 54 of these seats correspond to Spain.
Why are these elections important?
Because many major decisions are made in the European Parliament: how to deal with the crisis, plans for closer economic and political integration, etc. The president of the European Commision that will succeed José Manuel Durao Barroso will also be nominated taking into account the European election results.
The resulting political majority will shape European legislation over the next five years.
What is the Parliament's role?
Its MEP will frame laws that will affect the lives of European citizens, they will set the EU budget and it will oversight the other EU institutions.