• 1. Introduction
  • 1.1 Purpose of the Study
  • 1.2 Summary of Research Activities
  • 1.3 Structure of the Report
  • 2. Background to the Research
  • 2.1 European elections and involvement of citizens
  • 2.2 Trends in Voter Turnout in the 2014 European Parliament Elections
  • 2.3 Comparison with National, Regional and LocalElections
  • 2.4 Effects of the Economic Crisis on European Elections
  • 2.5 Commission’s Report on the 2009 European Parliament Elections
  • 2.6 Commission’s Recommendation on the Conduct of the Elections
  • 3.Enhancing the Democratic Conduct of the European Elections
  • 3.1 Information on the affiliation between European and national parties provided by the Member States
  • 3.2 Information on the affiliation of political parties with European parties provided by the political parties3.3 Candidates for President of the European Commission
  • 3.4 Role of Civil Society in promoting the European elections
  • 3.5 Common Voting Dayand Other Issues
  • 3.6 Conclusions –Enhancing Democratic Legitimacy of the Elections
  • 4.Role of the Media in the 2014 European Elections
  • 4.1 Restrictions on freedom of expression during an election period
  • 4.2 Media coverage of the 2014 European elections
  • 4.3 Media coverage of EU issues in the European election campaign
  • 4.4 Role of the Social Media in the Election Campaign
  • 4.5 Conclusions – Role of the Media in the 2014 European Elections
  • 5. Enhancing the Efficient Conduct of the European Elections
  • 5.1 Single Point of Contact
  • 5.2 Timely Transmission of Data
  • 5.3 Additional Data allowing for more Efficient Voter Identification
  • 5.4 Technical Means for Safe and Efficient Transmission of Data
  • 5.5 Measures taken to Inform Citizens of the Union of their Right to Vote and Right to Stand as a Candidate
  • 5.6 Non Nationals Registering to Vote - 2014 Compared with 2009
  • 5.7 Conclusions - Enhancing the Efficient Conduct of the Elections
  • 6.Overall Conclusions and Recommendations
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  • Appendices