Now that we are in the midst of the 2019 European Elections, several European Civil Society Organisations reflect on what the Parliament had achieved in the past 5 years, and to check up on the progress made against politicians’ promises and citizens’ demands.

The On Our Watch project brings together Civil Society Organisations working on all kinds of topics: from youth to poverty, from transparency to gender equality. Have a look below at all issues we have analysed so far – and contribute yourself! As a Civil Society Organisation, you can contribute by adding your analysis on your key topic(s). As an organisation or individual, you can contribute to the debate on the issues via our blog page. For both, contact us!

The numerous challenges Europe faces appear divergent, but many economic and social problems are closely linked to the environment. Often at their root is the unsustainable way in which we use our finite natural resources – within Europe and the wider world.

Protecting Nature

Prior to the 2014 European Elections, Restarting the Future began a campaign and petition aimed at promoting transparency and fighting corruption and organized crime in the EU. Restarting the Future mirrored the efforts of its sister organization in Italy, Riparte il futuro, which leading up to the political elections of February 2013, promoted a petition in Italy which required candidates from all political parties to act transparently and commit to improving Italian anti-corruption laws.

Fighting corruption

Confronted to a new financial and security context, European armed forces are required to collaborate closer and military personnel to train and work more and better together. The EU should therefore enable this process by developing its common defence policy.

Common Defence

EU institutions are mandated to 'encourage the participation of young people in democratic life in Europe' - how has the European Parliament sought to advance this goal?

Youth Participation

In 2013-2014, European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) and its members (at the time, 29 National Networks and 18 European Organisations) carried out a pan-European campaign entitled Electing Champions for a Social Europe. The campaign managed to gather the commitment of over 10% of the newly elected MEPs to fighting poverty, social exclusion, inequalities and discrimination.

Fighting Poverty

Women and girls are half of Europe’s population, and are entitled to the same rights as men and boys. Achieving substantive equality between women and men, promoting women’s rights and empowering women should be a priority of the European Union (EU) and its Member States. Gender equality is an essential part of democracy, social justice, human rights and dignity. The European Parliament (EP) has the power and responsibility to create meaningful change towards equality for all, now and in the future.

Gender Equality

Institutional democratic reforms can only be made with a Convention. As the European Parliament has the right to call for a Convention since the Lisbon Treaty, our campaign put pressure on the candidates to call for a Convention if elected into the new parliament.

Democratic Europe

Before the European Parliament elections in 2014, Transparency International invited candidates to sign up to the Anti-Corruption Pledge 2014 committing to advance the anti-corruption agenda and to adhere to integrity and transparency standards in their functions as politicians. The Pledge included commitments in the three areas of (1) legislative transparency, (2) EU open budgets & procurement and (3) whistleblower protection.


In the run-up to the European Parliament elections in 2014, starting as early as 2009, the European Movement International adopted several positions that called for transnational lists, ‘spitzenkandidaten’, European-wide election manifestos, vote at 16, and generally, making the European democratic process more participatory.

European Elections

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