EU elections 2009
Why the EU elections were important
The European Parliament has a crucial role to play in forming European Union (EU) policies that work for the world's poor. Together with the European Council, the Parliament decides on budgets and scrutinises aid programmes including Country Strategy Papers. On trade, the European Parliament has to ratify all European agreements and has the power to raise issues with the European Commission.
Moreover, as the watchdog of European institutions, the European Parliament can put political pressure on issues over which it does not have decision making powers.
On 1 December 2009, the Lisbon Treaty entered into force, strengthening the role of the European Parliament. It now has increased decision making power and the link between national parliaments and the European Parliament has been reinforced.
In June 2009 half a billion EU residents in all 27 Member States elected 736 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in the biggest trans-national election in history. From the UK, 72 MEPs were elected.
Here are the results of the 2009 European Parliament elections in the UK.
What the development sector did for the EU elections
NGOs across EU member states have produced a manifesto on EU development and climate change policy with specific demands for future MEPs. This was organised through CONCORD, the European NGO Confederation for Relief and Development. The activities in various EU countries are listed on this blog.
For the EU elections, Bond produced
- A database of all MEP candidates and their contact details
- A list of MEPs who signed up to the international development manifesto
- A toolkit on how to lobby potential MEPs
- A hustings guide for events with potential MEPs
- A resource webpage with political and civil society manifestos, news and much more
- A leaflet summarising the demands in the international development manifesto