The European elections are taking place from 23 to 26 May 2019. On 26 May the Austrian population will elect the members who will represent our country, and thus the interests of the population, in the European Parliament during the next period until 2024.
The members of the European Parliament are elected every five years. The European Parliament is the only directly elected supranational assembly in the world, and represents the interests of EU citizens at a European level.
The Parliament elects the President of the European Commission and appoints the members of the Commission. The Parliament enacts legal regulations in our interest, and every year it signs off the Union budget in our name. It represents us abroad and responds to our petitions. With their debates its members structure our political and social life, and in so doing they respect the values of the Treaty on European Union.
If the United Kingdom has accomplished its exit from the EU by the time of the elections, Austria will elect 19 members of the EU Parliament. If Brexit is still not settled by then, and Great Britain then still takes part in the EU elections, Austria will have 18 seats. In total 705 members sit in the EU Parliament.
Voters in Austria can give preferential votes to the candidates of the party they elect. Preferential votes increase their chance of entering the European Parliament.