Since 2004, Czechs have been able to vote in European Parliament elections. However, interest is low compared to other countries. Why is this the case and how could voter turnout be increased? Martin Vokálek, Executive Director of EUROPEUM, discussed this topic.
"We see that interest in the EU in the Czech Republic has been increasing for a long time. In the past, the discussion was rather only in terms of agreement or opposition to EU membership, but it is becoming more and more frequent that citizens are discussing more specific issues. In the Czech Republic, however, it is clear that citizens do not think they can change things at EU level and that their voice is meaningless. But it is just the opposite, and institutions like the European Parliament are proving it."
You can listen to the full interview here (in Czech).
You can also watch a mention of this interview in the report here (in Czech).#European elections
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