Persons employed by the EU will be given the right to vote in elections to the European Parliament in Finland

Ministry of Justice
30.12.2013 12.56
Press release -

From the beginning of the year 2014, Citizens of the European Union residing in Finland and working for the EU or other international organisations will be given the right to vote in elections to the European Parliament in Finland.

As a consequence of the proposed reform, for example persons employed by the European Chemicals Agency and their family members will be able to choose whether they wish to vote in elections to the European Parliament in Finland or in their home state. A person who wishes to exercise his or her right to vote in Finland must submit a written notification of this to the local register office. The amendment will concern at the moment approximately 600 citizens of the Union who reside in Finland but do not have a municipality of residence here.

Under the EU Treaty, every citizen of the Union has the right to vote and to stand as a candidate in elections to the European Parliament in the Member State in which he or she resides, under the same conditions as nationals of that state.

It is the responsibility of the Population Register Centre to inform those citizens of the Union who are entitled to vote in Finland of the voting procedure.

Further information: Election Director Arto Jääskeläinen, tel. 02951 50128, e-mail: [email protected]

Anna-Maja Henriksson