Romania and other 13 Member States din not yet formally notified EC about implementing the new rules regarding participation to the European Parliament elections in May 2014 which simplifies procedures for citizens willing to candidate in another country, according to the European Commission. “Under EU rules which should be in place in all Member States as of today, it will be easier for EU citizens living in another Member State to stand as candidates in the 2014 European Parliament elections. The new law, agreed at the end of 2012 (MEMO/12/1020) and which is an update of previous rules (Directive 2013/1/EU), simplifies the procedure for non-national EU citizens to stand as candidates for the European Parliament. Member States had until yesterday (28 January 2014) to implement the updated rules. However, according to the latest information received by the European Commission, only 14 Member States (Croatia, Cyprus, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom) have formally notified their laws in time for the deadline”, according to a press release on the official website europa.eu. “Europe must be built with the participation of Europeans. It is essential that citizens have their say as the European Union develops and moves forward. Every EU citizen has the right to vote or stand as a candidate in European elections, whether they live in their own country or in another EU Member State. This right must be effective across the Union,” said Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU’s Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship.