NICOSIA -- The European Parliament has launched its communication campaign in Cyprus, ahead of the European Elections that will take place in May 2014, under the slogan “Act, react, impact”.
The campaign was presented at the EU House, in Nicosia by the Deputy Head of the European Parliament Office in Cyprus Alexandra Attalides, who said that elections in Cyprus will probably take place on May 25, 2014. Cypriot MEPs, present at the event, underlined the importance of citizens casting their ballot in the forthcoming elections.
“Europe faces great and difficult challenges and in order to respond, we must make our choices” Attalides noted.
She said that elections will take place between May 22-25 in the 28 member states, and the communication campaign will be conducted in the 24 official EU languages.
Moreover, she added that “this time is different” because of the Lisbon Treaty that has entered into force, granting the European Parliament new powers.
Attalides referred to the election of the next European Commission President in line with the results of the elections and on the basis of the candidates proposed by the political groups.
Head of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus Giorgos Markopouliotis also addressed the event, noting from his part that “a strong participation will lead to a strong European Parliament and a strong European Commission”.
MEP Eleni Theocharous from the European People’s Party and DISY noted in her intervention that citizens require tangible motives to vote in the next elections, especially in Cyprus, after the recent developments in the country’s economy and the Troika of international lenders. The campaign must be focused on the European vision and the EU’s potential, not on partisan considerations, Theocharous added.
From his part, MEP Takis Hadjigeorgiou from the European United Left/Nordic Green Left and AKEL said that the issue for the EU and its people is the fragmentation of the dream of a United Europe. He added that national considerations prevail in the EU, which causes a series of dangers for the European project.
MEP Antigoni Papadopoulou from the Socialists & Democrats and DIKO noted in her address the need to find solutions in the midst of the economic crisis. The European Parliament, she said, is working towards this goal, sometimes going against decisions by the Eurogroup or the European Commission, as was with the case of Cyprus.
Sofoclis Sofocleous from the Socialists & Democrats and EDEK noted finally that he does not agree with the Eurosceptics but believes that things in the EU can be rectified. One in five citizens is under the poverty line and 30 mln are unemployed, he said, adding that these numbers speak for themselves regarding the need for a United Europe.