European Elections 2019 Campaign Tracker | EU Parliament Press. 6.5. 2019

To help media keep track of the European election campaigns, the EP Press service provides a daily newsfeed on country-specific electoral facts, events and debates in all member states.

Disclaimer: this is an informal message intended to help journalists covering the work of the European Parliament. It is neither an official press release nor a comprehensive record of proceeding.


EU28. Find out where Parliament made a difference and has left a decisive footprint on EU legislation and policies 2014-2019 in a new in-depth analysis on the power of the European Parliament (EP Research). Examples include higher CO2-limits for cars and vans, better protection of small farmers against unfair trading practices and helping young people kick-start their professional life.

EU28. The 30-second spin-off of the short film “CHOOSE YOUR FUTURE” will be broadcast widely on TV channels across the EU dubbed in 33 languages, and a radio-spot (20 sec.) in 22 languages will go on air, starting this week. The spots are part of the EP awareness raising campaign on why voting in European elections matters. Another 35-second version of the film will be screened in cinemas all over the EU, mainly in the Europa Cinemas network. Read more about the 3-minute movie that attracted 100 Million views within ten days on social networks.

DENMARK. 135 candidates from ten political parties (two more than in 2014) are competing for 13 seats. Seven current MEPs are seeking re-election, five are heading their parties’ respective lists: Jeppe Kofod (Socialdemokratiet/S&D), Morten Helveg Petersen (Radikale Venstre/ALDE), Margrete Auken (Socialistisk Folkeparti/Greens/EFA), Rina Ronja Kari (Folkebevaegelsen mod EU t/GUE/NGL) and Morten Løkkegaard (Venstre/ALDE). New candidates lead the remaining lists: Pernille Weiss (Det Konservative Folkeparti/EPP), Mette Bock (Liberal Alliance), Peter Kofod (Dansk Folkeparti/ECR), Nikolaj Villumsen (Enhedslisten), Rasmus Nordqvist (Alternativet). To access the full list of candidates by political affiliation click here.

FRANCE. National authorities announced on 4 May 33 national lists of 79 candidates each, totalling 2,607 candidates running for election on 26 May (with some overseas departments voting on 25 May). Polls credit five lists (associated respectively to Rassemblement national (ENF), the governing party République en Marche (new), les Républicains (EPP), Europe Ecologie Les Verts (Greens) et La France Insoumise (GUE/NLG) of getting at least 8% of ballots cast. The electoral threshold is set at 5%. The official electoral campaign starts on 13 May.

GERMANY. The ballot papers will offer voters the choice between 40 lists (with CSU replacing CDU lists on ballot papers in Bavaria) totalling 1294 candidates. 34 % of them are women, 217 (17 %) candidates are younger than 30 years and 217 are older than 60, the average age being 45,2 years (official elections handbook) – almost exactly the age of EPP Spitzenkandidat Manfred Weber (CSU) running in Bavaria. 64.8 million citizens are entitled to vote, including 3.7 million young Germans who will be able to vote for the first time (

HUNGARY. 52% of voters of the Fidesz-KDNP (EPP) government think positively about the EU, while 83% of voters of opposition Socialists (S&D), 74% of Jobbik (N.A.), and 88% of Democratic Coalition (S&D) voters consider the EU a positive thing, 15 years after the country joined the block, according to the latest study of pollster Policy Solutions.

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Spring Eurobarometer: How Europeans feel about the EU (EU28 survey) 

ITALY. 18 national lists nominated candidates for 5 constituencies. According to the latest polls, the Lega party (ENF), led by Matteo Salvini, is expected to gain the highest number of MEPs. It is followed by the 5 Stars Movement (EFDD), who nominated female-only heads of lists, and the Democratic Party (S&D). Forza Italia (EPP), led by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and “Brothers of Italy” (ECR) who recruited a grandnephew of Benito Mussolini, follow up in the polls. Emma Bonino (head of +Europa) is running as one of the seven “Spitzenkandidaten” in the ALDE Team Europe.

NETHERLANDS. 16 parties (listing a total of 308 candidates) are competing on 23 May for 26 seats in the EP. The lists were officially published on 26 April. April opinion polls by I&O Research give the governing VVD party (ALDE) and FvD (new) the lead, ahead of the Green Left (Green/EFA) led by Bas Eickhout and the PvdA (S&D) of Frans Timmermans, both nominated as lead candidates for the Commission presidency by their respective European parties. The pollsters expect a participation of 37-45 % (37 % in 2014 European elections).

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Spring Eurobarometer: EU28 average likelihood to vote 

POLAND. Magdalena Adamowicz, wife of the recently murdered Mayor of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz, will run for the European Parliament as second on the list from constituency no. 1 (Pomerania), for the European Coalition (EPP, S&D, ALDE, Greens).

UK. Two of the Johnson siblings stand in EP elections to win seats, for “Change UK” (Rachel) and the Tories (Boris). Their father Stanley Johnson was elected MEP in the first ever direct elections to the European Parliament in 1979 and served as vice-chair of the Environment Committee during the EP’s first term. Information on each of the 3678 former MEPs 1979-2019 can be found here.


ALERT. Media wishing to attend the Presidential debate on 15 May and follow the Election Days 23-27 May live in Parliament need to register by 13 May. Practical details will be found here.

EU28. With over 75 million views in a week, the film “Choose Your Future”, part of an EP awareness campaign based on the feeling of togetherness, has had an exceptional impact. Read more here.

UK. The deadline for UK voter registration is 7 May. UK citizens living abroad can register online for postal or proxy voting, but only if they have been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years. Voters will choose 73 MEPs in twelve multi-member regional constituencies.

BELGIUM. Open days in the European institutions in Brussels on Saturday 4 May are themed around the European elections and the democratic process. A wide range of activities, workshops, meetings and games, the event will invite citizens to make their voices heard. More information here

2019 Open Days      
Open days 2019 

ROMANIA. The Ministry of Foreign affairs more than doubled the number of the voting stations abroad from 190 in 2014 to 441 stations. It also published a handbook for Romanian citizens voting from abroad for the 2019 European elections. In the 2014 EU elections, roughly 100.000 Romanians voted from abroad.

AUSTRIA. 15 years after the accession of neighbouring countries Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia to the EU, 55 % of Austrians believe it was a “good decision”, finds a recent survey (EN) by the Austrian society for European policy (ÖGfE). The number of people who think it was a “bad decision” has fallen to 11 percent (2014: 24 percent). 51 % think that their integration benefitted Austria, 37 % that it benefitted the EU overall. View survey graphics.

IRELAND. EP elections will be held on Friday 24 May, alongside local council elections and a referendum on the proposal to ease divorce legislation. A total of 59 candidates will contest the EP elections across three constituencies in Ireland. Nominations closed on 15 April.

CYPRUS. 550,000 registered voters have the right to vote. The number includes 691 Turkish Cypriots residing in the government-controlled areas of Cyprus and 80,800 Turkish Cypriots who, though residing in the occupied part of the island, have the right to vote in the European elections. 50 polling stations will be set near the check points, across the ceasefire line that divides the south from the north of the island to facilitate Turkish Cypriots to vote. Those running for election have to submit their candidacies on Friday 3 May 9:00 – 12:30.

FRANCE. Two opinion surveys released yesterday confirm a tight run race between Rassemblement National (ENF) (22.5% according to Ifop-Fiducial, 24% according to OpinionWay) and La République en marche (21.5% according to Ifop-Fiducial, 21% according to OpinionWay), with Rassemblement National for the second time on top position in the polls. Les Républicains (EPP) come in third place (15%).

SLOVAKIA. The commercial television channel TV Markíza has announced a mobilisation campaign ahead of the EP elections featuring TV moderators and actors. The aim is to boost turnout and motivate Slovaks not to underestimate the importance of these elections, the TV station’s general director Matthias Settele said. More info here.

LITHUANIA. An interactive TV game/European Parliament elections debate took place in Klaipėda on 29 April. Famous national journalists Andrius Tapinas and Rita Miliūtė from Laisvės TV hosted the show. Candidates got a chance to express their thoughts and positions on European affairs. Moreover, they competed in a live quiz about Europe and related topics. Test your own knowledge on the EU (EP Quiz in 23 languages).

PORTUGAL. 17 parties and coalitions are competing for the European elections (one more than in 2014). Following the final submission of lists of candidates to the Constitutional Court on 15 April, the order of appearance on the ballot paper was drawn on 16 April. There is no electoral threshold. Website of the National Election Committee, listing all parties and coalitions running for EE2019.

BULGARIA. Yesterday morning, 2 May, bTV news held the first of a series of debates between four European election candidates, competing for 17 seats in the EP. Three current MEPs Emil Radev (GERB/EPP), Iska Mihaylova (DPS/ALDE) and Angel Dzhambazki (VMRO/ECR) took part in the debate, joined by the newcomer Radan Kanev (Democratic Bulgaria/EPP).

CROATIA. The campaign for the EP elections started officially on 10 April with the publication of the 33 valid candidate lists with 396 candidates. The lists have to pass a five percent threshold in order to take up seats in the new European Parliament. Find out about electoral thresholds varying from zero to five % in EU member states

SPAIN. 37.37 million people have the right to vote in the European Elections 2019, of whom 365.310 are foreigners, according to the Spanish Statistical Office. The vote in Spain will be held on Sunday 26 May, together with votes for city councils and most of the country’s regional governments.


ALERT.  Jan Zahradil (ECR, CZ), lead candidate of the Reformists Alliance of Europe (ACRE) running for the presidency of the European Commission will answer questions in a fb live interview today 15.00-15.30. Watch live

EU28. European citizens expect concrete answers and actions from the EU on economic growth and jobs (especially for young people), immigration and climate change, according to the Spring Eurobarometer survey conducted in 28 member states.

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Eurobarometer survey on citizens´ priorities 

GREECE. The Greek public broadcaster ERT interrupted its programme on Thursday morning (25 April at 9.04 local time, go to 3:03:32 in the video) to become the first TV station in Europe to play the full length of the “Choose your future” short film. A panel discussion followed the film’s message.

ITALY/EU28. Four lead candidates for the European Commission presidency (Ska Keller, European Green Party, Frans Timmermans, PES, Manfred Weber, EPP, and Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE) will participate in a debate organised in Florence by the European University Institute and the Financial Times on Thursday 2 May at 18:00.

SWEDEN. Swedish citizens living abroad can vote in the European elections at Swedish embassies and consulates as of today, 2 May. Early voting in Sweden kicks off on 8 May. Election Day and the last opportunity to cast your vote is on 26 May. More information here (Swedish Election Authority).Find out how voting from abroad work in the 28 member states.

GERMANY. A debate between Spitzenkandidaten for the EPP Manfred Weber (CSU, DE) and for the PES Frans Timmermans (PvdA, NL) is scheduled on Tuesday 7 May, 20:15 on ARD public TV channel.

SPAIN. Around 100 000 people with intellectual disabilities will be allowed to vote for the first time in European elections, following a change in national electoral law. Check this video with the actors of the award-winning movie Campeones.  

BULGARIA. A “Chose your future” concert took place in Sofia with five well-known Bulgarian singers who explained why this time they will vote in the European elections. 22 events were organised via the platform and seven are planned, such as the conference “This time I am voting to be heard” in Plovdiv and the exhibition “Faces of Europe” in Ruse.

FRANCEFriday 3 May is the very last day to submit the candidates’ lists to the competent national authority (Interior Ministry). The full lists will then be displayed on the ministry’s website.

PORTUGAL. Two TV debates between national lead candidates are scheduled on TV channels: SIC (private) broadcasted one on 1 May and RTP (public TV channel) will organise a debate on 20 May.

ROMANIA. President Klaus Iohannis confirmed by decree that a national referendum will be organised on the same day as the EU elections (26 May), on two ‘national interest issues’: the ban on granting amnesty or pardoning those convicted of corruption and the ban on using government emergency order to implement justice reform.

FINLAND. Electoral lists closed on 18 April with a total of 270 candidates competing for 13 seats. Check who’s running from Finland here. The country as a whole constitutes the electoral constituency. The voting system is based on proportional representation and open party lists, without official list leaders.

HUNGARY. 11 parties will contest the European elections on 26 May, according to the National Election Commission. To run, the parties had to collect at least 20,000 signatures by the 23 April deadline.

LATVIA. Latvian citizens abroad on election day need to register by 7 May to cast the vote in one of the 44 polling stations outside Latvia. Catch up with the first TV debate featuring candidates, which took place in April in Brussels.

Poland. On 26 April, six elections lists were announced (nine including those not registered in all constituencies). According to the latest online survey by Pollster, four parties are likely to pass the 5 % electoral threshold: PiS (ECR) is polling at 39%, the European Coalition (opposition parties) at 33%, the new party Robert Biedron’s Spring is backed by 10% and the last party above the limit is Kukiz’ 15, a party currently supporting the PiS government.