Chronicle "Seen from elsewhere". What is Europe doing for me? In early May, on the eve of the European elections, no doubt that many French, Italian, Belgian or Polish will ask the question. Depending on their reflections on the subject, some will choose to go to the polls. Others do not. Some will vote for a progressive party, or not. The stakes are high. The vote will determine the face of the next Commission and the place that the camp "illiberal", eager to return to the fundamental freedoms of Europe, will hold in the future European Parliament.
"To convince citizens to vote, the European institutions have been multiplying initiatives for a few weeks"
To convince citizens to vote, the European institutions have been stepping up initiatives for the last few weeks. In November, the Commission published a report highlighting the benefits of its trade policy. This shows that exports now support 36 million jobs on the continent, two thirds more than in 2000. In addition, the 3.5 million jobs created since 2014 through trade are 12% better. paid only in the rest of the economy.
For its part, the Parliament launched the "What Europe does for me" website, featuring concrete examples of economic and social contributions from the European Union (EU). We discover that it pays more than 500 million euros of aid to Breton agriculture every year and that in 2017, the European Investment Bank is committed to renovating the schools of Provence-Alpes -Côte d'Azur up to 250 million euros. It also shows that the EU spent € 6.4 billion between 2014 and 2020 to support the employment of young Europeans.
To drive the point, the Parliament also launched a platform, "This time I vote," aimed at informing voters. "The referendum on Brexit has shown that the EU is not an unshakable project, y read. Many see democracy as acquired, yet it continues to weaken. That is why we want to encourage greater participation in the next European elections. Our goal is not to tell citizens who to vote for, but to promote the act of voting in itself. "