Brussels, 26 November 2008

Conference: “The Elections of the European Parliament: the Way ahead”.


Location: Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels


! The evening debate in cooperation with the European Movement is postponed to March ’09 !


The European elections 2009 will be the first elections of the European Parliament to be held in a European Union with 27 member states. They will have to face the challenge of a low voter turnout in most countries in the past, and the frequent reproach of being secondary elections, centred on national debates. Still, the European Parliament is the only directly elected body at the European level and the representation of the European citizens. It has constantly gained influence in the decision-making process of the European Union, and has had a growing impact on decisions such as the investiture of the Barroso Commission in 2004.


On 26 November, TEPSA is holding a conference on the upcoming EP elections with the aim of launching an early debate on the preparations of the political parties, the media and the institutional set-up. Keynote speakers will be Richard Corbett MEP. Speakers will include furthermore leading researchers, political actors and practicioners.

The draft programme of the conference is available here. You can register by using this form and sending it to Yvonne.Nasshoven(at)