European Elections – Impact on the institutional work
The election to the European Parliament will take place from 22-25 May 2014. During the current economic crisis the European Union (EU) is going through, and with the increasing skepticism towards Europe, the elections and the changing of the European Commission at the end of 2014 are highly significant for the future of the EU.
In a series of Snapshots, FTI Consulting will look into different aspects of the elections and the institutional changes to shed light on how this will influence factors that are relevant for the work with the institutions.
In this first snapshot we are investigating how far the elections for the new European Parliament will impact the ongoing work of the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union (Council) and the European Commission.
The elections will have an influence on the working of the Parliament even before they take place in May 2014.
The campaign factor
Of course, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) that run for re-election will have to devote substantial time to campaigning in their constituency and will spend less in Brussels. In addition, these MEPs will aim to focus on issues that can provide them with as much visibility in their constituency as possible. Issues such as shale gas, which have a strong local resonance, will be used to gain visibility at home. MEPs that will not run again will either reduce their parliamentary activity or try to use the remaining months to profile themselves for another position in national or European politics or try to create a legacy.