Press release no. 04/18 of 5. Dezember 2018 – European Parliament starts campaign to increase voter turnout in 2019 European Election

WIESBADEN – The 9th European Election will be held from 23 to 26 May 2019 in all EU Member States. The European Parliament is the only body of the European Union (EU) that is elected directly by EU citizens. In Germany, citizens will vote on 26 May. Voter turnout in the last election to the European Parliament in 2014 had been just 48.1% (Europe-wide: 42.6%). At the time, 29.8 million voters in Germany had cast their vote (Europe-wide: 168.8 million).

To increase voter turnout, the European Parliament has started a cross-party initiative addressing especially younger persons entitled to vote. Anyone interested may register at to get information on the 2019 European Election and use it to motivate others to cast their vote. The European Parliament's campaign is organised decentrally and locally. The European Parliament's liaison office in Germany links central players by providing information on events (such as citizens' or youth forums and meetings of potential multipliers from the political sphere or the society).


For further information:
Office of the Federal Returning Officer
tel: +49 611 75-4863