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News article10 April 2024Directorate-General for Communication1 min read

Opinion piece in Sweden’s Västerbottens-Kuriren by BELC member

Janet Ågren on the importance of voting in the EU Elections

Ahead of the upcoming European elections, Swedish BELC member Janet Ågren, an elected official in Umeå municipality, has written an opinion piece for the news outlet Västerbottens-Kuriren. In her article, Ms Ågren highlights how decisions made at the EU level directly affect local communities, including her own in Västerbotten. Her piece is a brilliant example of how local politicians can engage their constituents and explain the crucial importance of voting at the European elections.

Ms Ågren argues that many issues important to residents, such as environmental protection, infrastructure, agriculture, and education, are influenced by EU decisions. She provides concrete examples of how EU funds have financed local projects in Västerbotten, leading to improved infrastructure and new job opportunities. By using specific examples and demonstrating direct benefits to the local community, she makes it easier for voters to understand the importance of participating in the elections.

The opinion piece exemplifies how BELC members can use information and credibility gained through the network to inform about the EU and the elections.

It is through such initiatives that we can ensure the EU elections reflect local interests and contribute to the positive development of communities.


Publication date
10 April 2024
Directorate-General for Communication
  • Janet Ågren
  • Sweden, Umeå
  • Democracy and public participation