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The participants of Erasmus+ youth exchange: "The Right to Choose - Choose Right!" remind:

European Parliament election

Takes place between May 23rd and 26th, 2019

Go & Vote!

Poland
  • When?

26.05.2019 between 7:00 and 21:00

  • Where to vote?

Voters in Poland vote in precinct electoral commissions at their permanent residence. You are entered in the register of voters ex officio based on your place of permanent residence. However, if your address has changed recently, you should check with the relevant municipal office whether you have been added to the voter register. If you want to vote outside your registered address, you have two options:
1. Obtain a certificate of the right to vote - the application is submitted in writing or electronically at the office of your commune. With this certification you can vote in any voting circuit at home or abroad;
2. Submit a written request to be added to the voter list in the commune in which you will be staying on the day of the election. The application must be submitted to the municipal office no later than 5 days before the election day.

  • Voting abroad:

Possible with The certificate of the right to vote in any Polish consulate abroad

For more information:

https://pkw.gov.pl/316_Wybory_do_Parlamentu_Europejskiego

Czech Republic
  • When?

May 24th, 2019 between 14:00 and 22:00

May 25th, 2019 between 08:00 and 14:00

 

  • Where to vote?

Your election room is in your election district and that's assigned to you, based on your address of permanent residence. Usually it's the closest one.

Voting committee will send you invitation with list of candidates and all the other necessary information.

 

  • Election card and voting abroad:

Election card is used in case you are not able to vote in your election district and you want to vote in another one.

You have to ask in advance the local municipal office and they will sign you to a new election district.

 

You cannot vote in European Parlament elections abroad!

 

For more information:

https://www.mvcr.cz/clanek/volby-volby-do-evropskeho-parlamentu.aspx

Cyprus
Estonia
Italy
  • When?

May 26th, 2019

  • Where to vote?

You'll be assigned a polling station based on the address of your permanent residence. It will be announced 15 days before the election day.

Voting by proxy is not possible in Cyprus

  • Voting abroad:

It's possible to vote abroad at Cypriot embassy in the country you are currently residing. First, to be able to do that, you have to register by April 2nd.

For more information:

https://www.european-elections.eu/how-to-vote/cyprus

  • When?

May 16th - 22nd - electronic voting

May 26th, 2019 from 09:00 to 20:00

  • Where to vote?

You can vote at polling stations - the exact information will be published on each municipality website

You can also vote online between May 16th and 22nd

  • Voting abroad:

You can vote abroad between 11th and 16th of May by showing up at Estonian embassy or you can vote online as mentioned above.

For more information:

https://www.valimised.ee/et

  • When?

26.05.2019 between 7:00 and 23:00

  • Where to vote?

Voters in Italy must vote at the polling station where they are registered, according to the section where they reside in the territorial area.

To find out about the polling place, contact the municipality of residence.

  • Voting abroad:

Italian citizens who are currently residing in a Member State of the EU can vote for their representatives in Europe after submitting the application to the consulate to which they belong. mayor of the commune in which electoral lists are registered;
Italian citizens living in non-EU countries can vote in the municipalities registering elections, so they must return to Italy.

For more information:

https://www.elezioni-europee.eu/come-si-vota/italia

 
 

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Impact

In the course of the last ten years, Poland has become a significant political player in the European Union (EU). In 2004, Poland joined the EU as a “new” Member State, full of hope. Years after, Poland became strong and influential Member State that knows how to pursue its interest but also Poland has shown to be responsible country in the process of European integration. Poland has learned how to influence and impact the EU in line with Polish interests and needs. Poland has supported the idea behind the internal market, knowing full well how much Poland stands to gain from it. Poland has also applied its membership to shaping neighbourhood, specifically by actively pursuing the EU’s Eastern policy (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2014). Poland is neto-receiver country in the EU. That means that Poland gives less that it actually receives from the EU. Poland has received £56bn in development funds between 2007 and 2013, money that was used to build hundreds of kilometres of highways and express roads as well as youth sports facilities, modern sewerage systems, kindergartens and pre-schools. Apart from that, the most beneficial from the EU membership for Poland was the economic boost. With the EU membership, Poland has increased the stability of democratic system and safety of the state, furthermore Poland has become internationally reliable and profitable country in the eyes of main global economic players.

Record-breaking results in foreign trade

One of the main focuses of the Polish economy is the export of good and services. In spite of tough political and economic conditions, in 2014 record-breaking results in Polish foreign trade were recorded. Such good export results were possible largely due to positive trends in trade with the European Union Member States. In 2014 Polish exports to the EU grew by 8.1% (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2012).

SOCIAL AND POLITICAL BENEFITS

When considering the social aspect of the EU membership, it is important to emphasize that it is not just Poland's economy that has changed. It's the country's citizens as well. Young Poles today travel and study all over Europe, taking part in exchange programmes or just simply packing up their bags and heading for the nearest airport. Many have now personally interacted with folk from different countries and races or know people from their families who have. This was not always the case. The EU with their dedication to provide secure living environment, has helped Poland to become a safe, guarded country, that gives the total freedom to their citizens. Poland also implemented the European ecological norms that have improved the environment and the quality of the life of Polish society. And the last but not least, no boundaries among the EU countries, no visas needed, easy travel, easy moving of labor etc. has helped Poland to thight the coultural bonds with the rest of Europe.

About our project

Project “The right to choose – choose right!” was the result of cooperation of 6 groups of young people from Poland, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Macedonia, Italy and Cyprus, together 42 people. Through integration, friendship development and participation in the implementation of the schedule, each of us strived to achieve the basic objectives: to gain knowledge about parliamentary mechanisms and in particular about the European Parliament, to develop information and promotion materials and to launch a campaign promoting participation in the European elections. Our project was in line with the objectives of the Erasmus + program, contributed to promoting civic attitudes, spreading civic activity and, thanks to the presence of young people from different parts of Europe, we have also strengthened intercultural dialogue. The project consisted of 2 main activities: preparatory visit of 6 leaders on 29-30.03.2019 and youth exchange on 14-20.04.2019. Both activities have been implemented in Wierzchosławice. In the vast majority our activities were based on non-formal education methods. The main methods of work included: integration games, group presentations, selfpresentations, discussions in the group and on the forum, simulations of the European Parliament, field workshops, working with social media, everyday moments of reflection, national evenings, evaluation activities and others. Thanks to our project, we became conscious citizens, which translates into both domestic activity, participation in elections, non-governmental and social organizations, involvement in the activities of local authorities, work with youth and for the benefit of young people. The project has developed in us the skills of discussing, arguing, daring for public speaking, asking questions, interest in youth problems and indicating the possibilities and means to solve them. Thanks to the intensive campaign after the exchange our project also partially helps to solve the problem of low turnout in elections, in particular to the European Parliament and low activity of European youth in social and political life.

 
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