Press Release

EU Bishops launch statement in view of the 2019 EU Elections

European Bishops are publishing today the statement “Rebuilding community in Europe”, calling all EU citizens to engage in the political process, to exercise their discernment and to vote at the 2019 European elections, further building together the European project. Read and Download the Statement.

Plenary hall of European Parliament in Strasbourg. (Photo: Ikars/Shutterstock)

From 23-26 May 2019, all EU citizens across the continent will be responsible for electing the new members of the European Parliament. The electoral results will condition the political decisions impacting our day to day lives for the next 5 years.

“The EU elections offer a great opportunity to make the political choices that will foster a renewed brotherhood amongst people, relaunching the European project”.

European Bishops call upon all believers and people of good will not to fall into the temptation of inward looking but to exercise their rights and question candidates on their personal engagement for human dignity for all.

The EU is facing important challenges and uncertainty. To be able to address them, Europe needs to rediscover its common identity and be protective of persons, families, and cultures, specialy of the most vulnerable.

Excercising the right to vote also means taking responsibility for the EU’s unique role as a multi-lateral actor for peace and economic development. “Care for the environment and sustainable development cannot be limited to the EU borders and electoral results will impact the decisions affecting the entirety of mankind”.

Voting is a necessary first step to preserve the positive achievements of the EU and to pursue new initiatives to make Europe back a key actor for the full development of all persons, families and communities.