A new European Parliament was elected between 23 and 26 May 2019 in all EU Member States. The European Music Council urged all EU citizens to use their democratic right to vote and contribute to ensuring a democratic, free and diverse European Union. The music and wider cultural sector is faced with increasing pressures on freedom of artistic and cultural expression alongside new global challenges, including digitalisation and climate change. All of this requires ambitious and purposeful cultural policies at EU level as a fundamental part of a strong European Union, one that the cultural sector will support and defend. It is therefore essential that candidates and voters recognise culture’s contribution to the EU as a necessary source of unity and a force for cooperation and mutual understanding.
The EMC developed campaign materials for the European elections 2019 inspired by the cultureɘurope campaign of Culture Action Europe.
Download the EMC material for your websites, newsletters and social media to create awareness of the upcoming elections and encourage people to vote. For example, the EMC in cooperation with the Beethoven Orchestra in Bonn, included the flyer in this years' concert programme.
#thistimeimvoting was used in social media posts. This was the slogan of the campaign of the European Parliament for the elections. It was a non-partisan communication action, independent from any political party and ideology. The slogan was available in all official EU languages.
EP Election Campaign of Culture Action Europe
Culture Action Europe also published helpful material and planned activities which we encouraged you to make use of! A set of questions was developed to collect the positions of candidates/political parties on the core cultural policy issues. The questions, available in different languages when meeting candidates at public meetings, debates or in social media interactions were able to use. They also produced podcast interviews with candidates or representatives of political parties on their cultural policy positions. On 25 April 2019 an Online Dialogue provided EU citizens with the opportunity to discuss with EU policy makers and MEP candidates.