Since the late 1990s, several European countries have been developing new educational tools to allow citizens to test their political preference. Many of these institutions have come together through European projects and decide to give their effort a more global approach. Since 2012, representatives of ten Vote Matches from countries all over Europe have been working with the aim to present an European VoteMatch for the 2014 elections – a tool that will allow citizens to contrast and compare their national political choices with those in other European countries.
This is the tool we present now. The users are comparing their own policy choices with the ones of parties of 14 countries. To make this VoteMatch work, the European team worked to design 20 final “European Statements” to be answered with positions of the parties of each partner country. From those 20 questions, each partner had to choose at least 15 – in order to ensure that the comparison was close enough from all points of view. Each partner country has chosen the statements that were more interesting for them but, if you want to see the full list of statements, please click here.
The project is funded partially by a grant of the Open Society Initiative per Europe (Open Society Fundations). This grant allowed the project to be present in countries with no other financing and to improve technical issues.
We also received support of the Grundtvig Learning Partnership. This programme from the European Commission aims to help develop the education sector, as well as enable more adults to undertake learning experiences.
Vote Match Europe is a network working under the auspicies of NECE, the initiative for networking citizenship education in Europe. The main founding organisation, bpb, the German Federation for Civic Education, did also support the project financialy.
Vote Match is an educational tool. It has the potential to promote European citizenship, to better inform citizens about elections for the European Parliament (EP), teach voters about the programmatic differences between the contesting parties and to increase the voter turn out. It is not a scientific tool, so the results shown should be considered only a suggestion for the voter to start his/her own research towards an informed vote.
By creating this network of VoteMatches, not only are several EU-member states collaborating, they are also giving European citizens the opportunity to get acquainted with the different opinions on important European issues in the participating countries, as well as with the major political forces outside their local borders.
Disclaimer: VoteMatch EU is an educational, information tool that gives access to political information related to the European Elections. All information and models presented here are protected by copyright. VoteMatch aims to be a correct source of information, but no guarantees can be offered about its accuracy or reliability.All rights are reserved.