How your vote could shape Europe’s future


By Pat Coughlan

When ever we talk about the Members of the European Parliament, or MEPs as they’re known, it’s like talking about the unsung heroes of our day-to-day. These folk have a hand in everything from the air we breathe to the safety of the food on our plates. But, let’s be honest, how many of us really know what they’re up to over there in Brussels or Strasbourg?

This bit is all about shedding some light on their roles and how they’re directly shaping our lives, without us even realising it most of the time. It’s the groundwork, you know, for getting why popping down to vote in the European elections is more than just a grand day out.

MEPs are the ones behind the scenes, making sure the food we eat is up to scratch and that our health services are tickety-boo. Don’t get me started on the health services in Ireland. Climate change – they’re all over it, trying to keep our planet from turning into a hot mess. It’s all about the decisions they’re making over there in Europe, decisions that touch every bit of our lives, from the air we breathe to the water we drink. So, when it comes down to it, having a say in who’s making those calls is pretty crucial.

It might feel like throwing a pebble into the ocean, but your vote in the European Parliament elections is more like a powerful wave shaping the coast. It’s all about picking the right crew to steer the ship on big issues – healthcare, trade, the environment. Of course, there’s also that debate about a European Army.

But by casting your vote, you’re not just having a say; you’re choosing the voices that echo your values and priorities in the halls of Brussels and Strasbourg. It’s your chance to influence the big decisions that’ll shape our future, so make it count. Start by finding out where the candidates stand on these issues.

MEPs are out there, across borders, fighting the good fight for peace, security, and a bit of prosperity for us all. And it’s not just the big issues; they’re all about pushing for fairness, making sure everyone’s treated equal, and keeping our planet from going to the dogs. They’re our voice in the mix, making sure our values and what we stand for are front and centre on the European stage. Just make sure you chose the best.

Your vote is like being part of a global think-tank, only with the power to actually sway how things pan out. So, when we’re talking about the influence of the EU abroad, those MEPs are our front-line negotiators, shaping policies that reach far beyond our shores.

Throwing your vote into the mix at the European Parliament elections might seem like just another tick on the to-do list, but it’s a significant act of democracy in action. By having our say, we’re not just passing the baton; we’re shaping the path ahead, ensuring the bigwigs in Brussels keep our needs and dreams at the heart of it all. It’s our shout to keep the EU on its toes, responsive and true to us.

By casting your vote, you’re not just having a say; you’re shaping the future, making sure it’s what we all want it to be. So, don’t sit this one out. Get out there and make your voice heard, for the sake of all of us.

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