The European Parliament elections have often been dismissed by voters and national governments as an opportunity for a protest vote and of little relevance for peopleâ€™s daily lives.
However, the legislative powers of the European Parliament are now almost equal to those of the Council. It may still not be very visible to many voters, but the impact of the European Parliament cannot be questioned.
The Parliament also has an important role in shaping Europeâ€™s â€˜executiveâ€™: the candidate for the presidency of the European Commission needs to be approved by at least half of all MEPs (not just those voting) to take office. His or her team of commissioners must face questions from MEPs and be approved, as a body, by the Parliament.
How we can help your organisation
The election campaign and the other institutional changes also give anyone with an interest in European affairs an opportunity to help shape the agenda for the rest of the decade.
It is the only pan-European campaigning opportunity â€“ a chance to persuade politicians from across the continent to commit to your cause. The new Commission will bring new ideas and new commitments: now is the time to contribute to the thinking process.
Burson-Marsteller Brusselsâ€™ team of experts can provide tailored support â€“ including strategy development, campaign-building, policy analysis, monitoring and training â€“ to help your organisation analyse and influence the changes about to take place.
We have experts in a wide range of sectors, including healthcare, environment policy, chemicals, energy, transport, ICT, food and nutrition, and competition, who can help you get ahead of the game. By working with our colleagues from across the EU, we can provide insight and expertise from Brussels and national capitals.