The European Parliament Elections fall on the same day as the local elections this year, Thursday 22nd May, and take place every five years.
The European Parliament represents people living in the 28 member countries of the European Union (EU). It has more power than it used to and can approve, amend or reject new European laws.
The European Parliament is the only directly elected institution in the European Union so it’s a chance for you to decide who represents you. The UK’s "closed list" system means that you vote for a party rather than an individual and each party choses their own candidate list.
Most of the results will be announced on Sunday 25th May once voting has closed throughout the 28 member states of the European Union.