As we heard at the conference only 26% of the people know that the elections take place in June. 7% thinks these elections take place another year and 76% doesn’t know at all when the European elections will take place. Only 28% is apparently interested to vote. I know these are global numbers. In Belgium the awareness is much bigger but that is thanks to the fact that the European elections usually collide with one of our national elections.
Our elections are mandatory. The idea behind this is that people who have already showed up just can keep on voting. But this causes a problem, most people might vote without thinking twice if it their national vote would be the right vote for Europe. Because why would political parties invest in two campaigns?
I don’t know if there would be 27 campaigns, but I do know their will be at least two separate campaigns, because in Belgium it will be a national one, certainly more than European one. The European elections really are B-elections, because to most people those elections are not a priority.