European Parliament elections: Citizens able to stand as candidates in another EU country more easily

Under EU rules which should be in place in all Member States as of today, it will be easier for EU citizens living in another Member State to stand as candidates in the 2014 European Parliament elections.
The new law, agreed at the end of 2012 and which is an update of previous rules, simplifies the procedure for non-national EU citizens to stand as candidates for the European Parliament.
Member States had until 28 January 2014 to implement the updated rules.
However, according to the latest information only 14 Member States (Croatia, Cyprus, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom) have formally notified their laws in time for the deadline. The new law is part of a series of measures taken by the European Commission to promote participation in the European Parliament elections that will take place between 22-25 May 2014.

Read more: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-87_en.htm?locale=en