It is easy to spite the EU for all of its shortcomings, regarding internal politics and economy, migration and foreign policy, bureaucracy. But elections remain the only way for every citizen of the EU to change what he or she doesn't like in the union - or to make the best to turn good policies even farther.
The Vote Abroad Campaign for Bulgarian Citizens aims to bring more awareness among over 1 million Bulgarians who live in other EU countries. As European citizens, they have the right to vote and to be elected in the European Parliament elections in any other EU country.
The Vote Abroad Campaign is organised by the Open Society Institute-Sofia in cooperation with the OpenSociety Initiative for Europe of the Open Society Foundations. It aims to informing the Bulgarian citizens living abroad or in Bulgaria about the European Parliament elections which take place on when, where and how to vote.
The European elections are between 22 and 25 May 2014. Most of the counties go to the polls on 25 May, but there are few exceptions. In the UK and the Netherlands the elections are 22 May, in Ireland are on 23 May, and in Latvia, Malta and Slovakia they are on 24 May. Only in the Czech Republic the elections are on 23 and 24 May.
All 28 members of the EU will hold European Parliament elections. Most of the countries have poll sections in third countries.
You need to be registered to vote.
Bulgarian citizens living in other EU countries can vote for candidates from their home country or for Bulgarian candidates.
The legislation rules out double voting.
The European Parliament elections give the Bulgarian citizens an opportunity to exercise and defend their European citizens' rights. The European Parliament is only directly elected institution in the EU and has broadening power over the EU politics. The voters have the right to support politicians able to defend their interests, like:
The right to work in the EU.
The right to study in the EU.
The right to travel.
Learn more on www.bulgariain.eu/eu.php