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The next European elections will be in May 2014.
They are important for everybody in Europe.

 

What are European elections?

An election is when you vote to choose the best person who will speak for you.
You can decide to vote for a person if you agree with his or her ideas.
You vote for someone, if you think that he or she would do a good job of listening to the people in your area.
You can decide to vote for a person from a political party if you agree with the party’s views.

In the European elections, we elect people who will speak for us in the European Parliament.
These people are called 'Members of the European Parliament'.
We call them ‘MEPs’ for short.

European elections happen every 5 years.
This year, they will take place between 22 and 25 May
in all 28 countries of the European Union.

 

Why are European elections important?

The European Parliament makes important decisions for Europe.
For example, it helps to decide on European laws.

It also has a say in the way European money is spent.

That is why it is very important that Members of the European Parliament know about the rights of people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

 

What do we want?

Inclusion Europe wrote a list of demands called the 'Manifesto'.
The Manifesto tells the candidates about the situation of people with intellectual disabilities and their families.
It tells them what they should do when they are elected.

We want the MEPs to work on making sure:

  1. that people with intellectual disabilities can vote and take part in politics.
    We want the candidates to make their own campaigns easy to understand.
  2. that Europe respects the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  3. that people with intellectual disabilities can make their own decisions.
  4. that people with intellectual disabilities can live in the community.
  5. that governments stop cutting support for people with disabilities.
  6. that people with intellectual disabilities  get full access to transport, public places and information.
    They must be able to use products and services like anyone else.

Click here to read our manifesto.

 

What can you do?

We need your help to make sure that MEPs support the rights of people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

This is what you can do:

 

Today: Campaign!

Talk to MEP candidates in your country about your rights.
Meet with them or write them a letter.

Show them our Manifesto.

Let them know if you want anything about European laws to change.
Remember that MEPs can only sort out problems that
affect all people in the European Union.

Tell people about your right to take part in elections and politics.
Contact media like TV, radio stations or newspapers.
Use websites like Facebook or Twitter.

Click here to get more ideas of what you can do.

 

On the election day: Vote!

Members of the European Parliament can do good things for people with intellectual disabilities.

There are many candidates in the European elections.
Find out which candidates support
people with disabilities.
Remember that you can only vote for candidates from your country.

We made a leaflet to help you vote in the elections.
Click here to download the leaflet.

 

In some countries, people with intellectual disabilities find it hard to vote in elections.
For example, the information about elections is difficult to understand.
In some countries, people with intellectual disabilities are not allowed to vote.

If you have problems to vote in the European elections, you should try to speak to important people about it.
You should talk to MEP candidates and people who are responsible for organising elections.

The organisation of people with intellectual disabilities and their families in your country can give you support.
Click here to see the list of organisations in different countries.