At the end of May, European citizens will elect a new European Parliament. These elections will – perhaps more than any previous EU elections – help decide the future direction of Europe. Some 350 million voters will have a say over how the EU should be governed for the next five years, including deciding who will become the next President of the European Commission. Now that the last European party – the Centre-Right European People’s Party – has formally chosen its candidate, the campaigning can begin in earnest (and we’ve been publishing profiles of each of the candidates in turn, to help you get to know their different priorities and beliefs).
Today, we will be covering a debate hosted by the EU’s assembly of regional and local representatives – the Committee of the Regions – in Athens, Greece. This summit will be “the moment when the real political campaigning will take off”. The Committee of the Regions, representing Europe’s regions and cities, wants to use this opportunity to open the debate about the future priorities of the European Union. Taking part in the debate will be José Manuel Barroso, the current President of the European Commission, Martin Schulz, current President of the European Parliament and official candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission for the Social Democrats Party of European Socialists, and Antonis Samaras, Prime Minister of Greece.
You’ll be able to watch the livestream of the debate on this page today at 9:00 CET and, as always, send us your thoughts, comments and questions on the topics raised and we’ll try to get them answered by policy-makers, experts and Europe’s leaders.
Do YOU already know who you will be voting for in the upcoming European Parliament elections? Start making YOUR voice heard now in Debating Europe Vote 2014!