#TheFutureIsYours Strengthening European democracy
Strengthening European democracy
Contributing to European democracy means making your voice heard, both by participating in European elections, where citizens directly elect Members of the European Parliament every 5 years, and also outside of election periods. The last European elections, held in 2019, had the highest turnout in 20 years, with over 200 million voters and a sharp rise in young voters.
At the same time, democracy in the EU and its countries is facing challenges such as rising extremism, disinformation and a perceived distance between people and their elected representatives.
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What is the EU doing?
High participation rates are the hallmark of healthy democracies. We will continue to both inform citizens about European Union policies and encourage them to vote.
People want to be more involved in the way decisions and policies are shaped at European level, and not just at election time. That is the purpose of the Conference on the Future of Europe. There are also a number of other EU initiatives that support public participation, such as Citizens’ Dialogues, European Citizens’ Initiative and petitions addressed to the European Parliament.
Faced with rising extremism and fake news, we have adopted a European Democracy Action Plan to make our democracies more resilient. The plan will promote free and fair elections, uphold media freedom and step up the fight against disinformation.