Activity Suggestions for the 2019 EP Elections

Check out our suggested activities to organise ahead of the 2019 European Parliamentary Elections.


Kahoot: Survey about the EU

This Kahoot invites participants to answer some short, simplified questions about the European Union. As the answers are in reality more complex, it is good to invite participants for a short discussion after each question. The Kahoot can be used to gather a general idea of the opinions within the group. With the link, people can also duplicate it if they want to add, change, or take away questions. Note that an internet connection is required to use Kahoot, both for the facilitator and the participants, who each join on a device of their own (e.g. smartphone, computer).


Kahoot: What do you know about the European Union?

This Kahoot is a short quiz about the European Union. With the link, people can also duplicate it if they want to add, change, or take away questions. Note that an internet connection is required to use Kahoot, both for the facilitator and the participants, who each join on a device of their own (e.g. smartphone, computer).


Workshop: Voting Turnout

In 2014, the voting turnout for the European Parliament elections was the lowest ever: 42.54%. The turnout has been declining since the first European elections in 1979. In this workshop, you will ask participants to come up with explanations of why the turnout is so low, why there are such big differences between different countries, and how the voting turnout could be increased.

Step 1: Introducing the map
To start out this workshop, show participants the map attached (see below), which displays the voter turnout in the European Parliament elections of 2014. It has coloured countries based on the voting turnout in percentages and highlights differences between countries. You can shortly explain the legend of the map. If you want, you can also point out why certain countries are not coloured: they are not part of the European Union (e.g. Norway, Switzerland, Iceland).

Step 2: Discussing the map, voting turnout across different countries
Invite participants for a discussion about the differences across countries. Ask everyone to come up with at least two reasons for these differences. They can be general, or can be focused on specific countries. Have participants write their reasons on post-its. Collect them and put them on a piece of paper or a whiteboard/blackboard, sorted based on similarities.

Alternatively, you can just have an open discussion where people come up with reasons, which will take a bit less time, but there is a risk that not everyone participates.

Step 3: Voting turnout average and coming up with ways to increase the voting turnout
Remind (if you already mentioned it) or tell participants that in 2014, the average voting turnout in the EU was 42.54%. Open a discussion about why participants think it was so low. After they come up with some ideas, ask them to come up with ways to increase the voting turnout.
This can take the same format as step 2: ask them to write at least two reasons on post-it notes, collect them and group them based on similarities. Alternatively, have an open discussion.

Total time (estimation): 20-30 minutes (depending on participation, involvement and time needed to come up with ideas).

2014 EP Elections TurnoutYou can find the map here.


Workshop: Who is responsible for what in the EU?

The EU has many different institutions that work together to make laws and policies, carry them out, and check that they are carried out properly. This workshop will give participants an introduction to the different responsibilities of the EU institutions. It is recommended that it is combined with a short informational session about this, which can be done either before or after the workshop, depending on the general knowledge of the group. You can find information on the roles of the different EU institutions here.

Step 1
Prepare 5 A4 sheets, each having the name of one EU institution: European Parliament, European Council, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission and the European Court of Justice. Next, stick the pages in different places in the room where the workshop takes place. Make sure the different papers can be seen clearly.

Step 2
Ask all participants to stand in the middle of the room. Read or display in a PowerPoint presentation a question about the role of the institution. Participants must stand near a card with an answer they consider to be correct. Sometimes the answer is multiple choice so all participants can be right.

Questions
Who makes proposals for EU laws? (European Commission)
Who approves EU laws? (European Parliament, Council of the European Union)
Who consists of (only) one representative/member per EU country? (European Council, Council of the European Union, European Commission, European Court of Justice)
Who is elected by EU citizens? (European Parliament)
Who executes the budget? (European Commission)
Who represents the interests of citizens? (European Parliament)
Who represents the interests of EU countries/their governments? (European Council, Council of the European Union)
Who decides on the interpretation of EU laws? (European Court of Justice)
Who defines the general political direction of the EU? (European Council)


Ideas of questions for a debate/discussion

  • What is voting for you?
  • Are you going to vote as a family custom?
  • Do you think that your vote has an actual meaning?
  • Will you vote this year in the European elections?? Why (not)?
  • Do we have the freedom to take a part in elections?
  • What could encourage people to go to elections?
  • Should there be more education about the EU in schools?
  • Do you vote for political ideas or parties?
  • (Why) are the European Elections important for me?
  • (Why) is the European Parliament important for me?

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