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Standing in European Parliament elections “abroad”: Simplified rules

It’s not been big news – only New Europe has reported already as far as I can see – but according to this EU Council document dated 19 November, it is agreed that it should be more simple for EU citizens to stand for the 2014 European Parliament elections in EU member states other than their home country.

Already on 20 November, the European Parliament agreed to the text proposed by the EU member states in the Council in September 2012 (in a procedure that started back in 2007), reforming the 1993 EU law that allows EU citizens to stand for European Parliament elections “abroad” (i.e. everywhere in the Union in which they are citizens).

Now, it will be interesting to see how many national parties will put forward non-nationals for promising positions on their electoral lists on what might be huge European Parliament elections in 2014.

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