In 1979, the European elections saw 63 percent voter turnout. By 2004, the rate for 18-24-year-olds had fallen to around 40 percent.
So, once again, the music television network MTV has been called aboard to help get out the young vote – for this year’s European elections in June. The network is part of an EU-wide initiative called ‘Can you hear me Europe?’ Commission Vice-President Margot Wallström said: “Young people are the future of the European Union. We need their ideas and their active involvement. They need to know that their voice counts.” ‘Can you hear me Europe?’ will offer young people a platform to express themselves, online, at caneuhearme.eu. The campaign aims to reach a climax on 30 April, by gathering young people in cities across Europe for a communal shout, at half past three in the afternoon.