absolute.Contrary to popular perceptions, the European Parliament has important legislative functions for the states of the EU. Parliament has a say in the adoption of EU ‘directives’, which are quasi-laws that countries must transpose into national law. The European Parliament has only recently had the right to vote on these directives. Only the EU Commission, i.e. the round of delegates from the EU member states, is allowed to enter legislative initiatives. There is no democratic say on their composition and agenda – unlike the EU Parliament (see European Union Political System – Wikipedia).Quote Wikipedia:
“The accusation of distance from the citizens goes along with that of the democratic deficit.
In order to remedy this democratic deficit, the first direct elections to the European Parliament were introduced in 1979.Since the end of the 1980s, the European Parliament has been upgraded in several Treaty reforms in order to strengthen its position in the legislative process vis-a-vis the Council. The Maastricht Treaty 1992 introduced the codecision procedure, in which the powers between the European Parliament and the Council of the EU are distributed in a similar way as in the German assent procedure between the Bundestag and the Bundesrat: both Institutions are on an equal footing, and a law can only be reached if they are agreed.This codecision procedure initially applied only to certain policy areas; however, it has been extended by the Treaties of Amsterdam, Nice and Lisbon to the ‘ordinary legislative procedure’ which applies to almost the whole of the EU.”
If you don’t go to the polls, you deprive the EU Parliament of the legitimacy and leave the EU – which, after all, is one of the important positive factors influencing our economy especially for Germany – to the backroom agreements of the heads of government, lobby workers and EU spouts.We must also expect that in many COUNTRIES of the EU, the right-wing populists will get a strong share of the vote. Thesevotes (in the votes cast) become the more weighty and greater the fewer people going to the polls, as it is usually assumed that those who do not have an opinion will not go to the polls.It is likely that the populist voters will not stay at home, because they WANT something: to paralyse and destroy the EU.
And please don’t forget: if we can call home from our holiday today without roaming charges, if you can plug your German devices into a French plug, if you are studying or working with an exchange program in another country if you can talk to the French today without hatred and travel through Europe without a passport, then none of this has fallen from the sky.Those who do not go to the polls either have no idea that the EU Parliament is important, want to deliberately harm the EU, are simply lazy or stupid.
See also: Federal Centre for Political Education – Why is the European elections so important?| bpb