04.04.2024 | Blog

Guest blog: EU Elections 24 – Who cares?

The European Parliamentary elections are upon us once again, and the political climate is heating up across Europe. Elections are not just a circus trick like in some non-democratic countries, but they reflect citizens’ concerns and expectations for the future. As voting day approaches, it’s important to look at the top themes of the elections. Citizens also have the opportunity to vote for delegates who are committed to resolving these key issues.

The big themes of the elections will be climate change, security, and the economy.

The 2019 European elections were also climate elections, but the topic is still relevant. If we don’t act to contain climate change, it’s pointless to even talk about the economy or security. If the world is burning, does anything matter anymore? That is why it is worthwhile to be interested in the European elections, because the EU has the ability to make a difference with its climate action and to play a global part in deciding whether your or your descendants’ existence on his planet is at risk.

Security will certainly be discussed from the perspectives of border policy, immigration, and Ukraine. In these distressing times, it is important to understand that security goes far beyond just military questions. From countering terrorism to cyberattacks and financial challenges, the European Union must be able to respond to a wide range of threats. Participating in and committing to democracy builds peace, which is why the European elections should be of interest, if you want to have security and peace in your future.

And can there even be an election without a discussion about the economy? There may be many opinions about this, but money will in any case be discussed in connection with this election. Important questions include the use of structural funds, agricultural subsidies, research and development investments, and funding of EU external actions. You should be interested in the European elections, because they affect the funding of your higher education institution and therefore your studies.

Finally, financial issues are closely linked to other major electoral themes such as climate change and security. Combating climate change for example requires making significant investments in the green economy and sustainable energy, while security policy can impact the stabilisation of the economy and the security of investments.

Students and young people are the builders of the present and future. Elections provide an opportunity to influence the political direction and engage in the social conversation. Every vote counts, and active student participation in the elections changes the course of the future. Even if you do not vote, the boomer always will.

Author: Maria Jokinen, Specialist, European Movement Finland