The 2024 elections for the European Union are coming up in June. It is a critical moment: the climate and ecological crises present the biggest challenge we face, with the fate of the EU Green Deal on the table. Besides, peace is under threat in many parts of the world. Russia continues its attacks on Ukraine, and the humanitarian situation in Palestine, Sudan and Congo is worsening every day due to ongoing armed conflicts. It doesn’t stop there. In Europe, the rise of far-right populist parties threatens to undo the progress we have made, spreading anti-gender rhetoric and targeting LGBTQIA+ communities, while turning a blind eye to the reality of the climate crisis. It’s a crucial moment to demand a unified, green and feminist Europe.  

In the previous EU elections in 2019, young voters helped to achieve a historic voter turnout, exceeding 50% of all eligible voters for the first time since the 1990s. The increased involvement of young voters in the 2019 elections made a significant difference, resulting in a more diverse representation in the European Parliament. Let’s keep up this trend and make more ecofeminist noise!

Ecofeminist scorecard

We want to challenge you to test the parties in your country on various ecofeminist topics. The scorecard displays issues that are important to us and our partners. It doesn’t cover everything, but it’s a good starting point for you to dig deeper and learn more about matters that are important to you.

The scores explained


This scoring indicates that the party has made a strong social impact analysis on the issue and made mention of the policies listed under the heading on the left-hand side on the scorecard.

Partially committed

This scoring indicates that the party has progressive demands around the issue, but the social impact analysis is lacking or very weak.  

Not committed

This scoring indicates that the party has either not mentioned the issue at all in their manifesto, or the commitment is there but it is very vague as to how they will achieve it. It might also mean that the party is actively opposing action on the issue, sometimes even worsening the issue. 

Detailed score per category

Gender just energy transition

  1. No to fossil fuels/ nuclear energy (false solution): 0-5 points
  2. Awareness of energy poverty: special focus on gender, class, ethnicity: 0-5 points
  3. Decentralization of energy: 0-5 points
  4. Water sanitation (plan): 0-5 points
  5. Renewable energy: 0-5 points

Make polluters pay!

  1. Make polluters pay: 0-7 points
    1. The campaign: 0-3 points
    2. Without increasing the prices: 0-4 points
  2. Industry responsibility: 0-4 points
  3. Producentverantwoordelijkheid: 0-3 points
  4. Big polluters pay more: 0-3 point
  5. Compensation for those negatively affected: 0-4 points
  6. Transparency: 0-4 points

Youth participation

  1. Acknowledge the importance in bringing in diverse voices in the decision making process: 0-7 points  
  2. Meaningful Youth Participation: 0-7 points  
  3. Promoting participation for all (citizen participation): 0-7 points 
  4. Future thinking: generation test: 0-2 points  
  5. Allowing 16 year-old to vote: 0-2 points 

Say no to toxic chemicals!

  1. Make a connection between hazardous chemicals and health: 0-5 points 
    1. Discussion of Hormone disrupting chemicals (EDC): 0-2 points 
  2. Discussion of planetary health: 0-5 points 
    1. Precautionary principle: 0-2 points 
  3. Discussing water pollution: 0-5 points 
    1. Greywater, water sanitation: 0-2 points
    2. PFAS: 0-2 points 
  4. Decreasing pesticides: 0-5 points 
    1. Restoring the pesticide reduction act: 0-2 points 
  5. Mention and discuss gender in relation to chemicals: 0-5 points 
    1. Cosmetics: 0-3 points 
    2. Menstrual products: 0-2 points

Nature-inclusive and fair agriculture

  1. Fair trade, fair price: 0-5 points
    1. Anti-dumping: 0-1 point
    2. Small farmers, family businesses: support transition to sustainable farming: 0-2 points
  2. Transfer to organic/biological: 0-7 points
    1. Food security: ensure, without bio-industry: 0-4 points
  3. Waste management: 0-2 points
  4. Green deal: 0-9 points
    1. Biodiversity: 0-2 points
    2. Pesticide reduction act: 0-2 point
    3. Fair price: 0-2 points
    4. Conservation: 0-2 points
    5. 2040/2050: 0-1 point
  5. Agroecology: 0-2 points

Sustainable and Fair Trade

  1. Fair working conditions: 0-5 points
  2. Fair pricing: 0-5 points
  3. Ban of microplastics: 0-5 points
  4. Circular economy: 0-5 points
  5. Recycling, acquired resources and fast fashion: 0- 5 points

Gender just energy transition

Coals, fossil fuels, sustainable energy, renewable energy, nuclear (false solution), decentralization, energy poverty

Say no to toxic chemicals!

Health, hormone, disruptive, pesticides, organic farming, sustainable farming, harmful chemicals, reproductive health, SAICM, GMO, biodiversity, precautionary principle, agriculture, waste management 


Make polluters pay!

Pollution, water, water pollution, soil, transparency, influence, responsibility, costs, climate action, polluters, big polluters


Fair trade

Free trade, occupational health, decent work, decent pay, garment industry, waste collection, textile industry, climate change, GHG, slow fashion, fast fashion, development, production, girls, trade agreements, circular economy

Youth participation

Gender equality, corporations, decision-making, public participation, governance, STEM, quota, youth organisations, equality, future


Fair and inclusive agriculture

EU Green Deal, pesticides, agroecology, small farmers, biodiversity, farmer, agoeconomics, small family-owned business, manure, biological, organic, trade, agroindustry, food, food insecurity 


EU political groups & parties, what are they?

Have you been struggling to understand the difference between EU political groups and EU political parties? Don’t worry, below is a short explanation to clear up all the confusion between the two! 

EU groups 

In the European Parliament, all the elected national politicians come together in clusters, well groups, based on issues and common political analysis, and not by nationality. There are currently 7 recognised groups in the EU Parliament: 

Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D)
The S&D group was founded in 1953, making it the second oldest group in the Parliament. The S&D are centre-left and social democratic. It advocates for social justice, workers’ rights, environmental sustainability, and progressive economic policies. The group is affiliated with the Progressive Alliance and Socialist International. 

The Left group in the European Parliament (GUE/NGL)
The Left group in the European Parliament, known as the GUE/NGL (Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left), represents a coalition of left-wing parties, with socialist, communist, and ecosocialist ideologies. Established in 1995, it emerged as a result of three new countries with leftist parties joining the EU and collectively forming the confederal group. The GUE/NGL places a significant emphasis on workers’ rights, climate action, feminism, peace, and human rights as key focal points of their political agenda. 

Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA)
This group is a big mix of five different European parties: European Green Party (EGP), part of the European Free Alliance (EFA), European Pirate Party (PPEU), Volt Europe (Volt), part of Animal Politics EU (APEU). The Greens/EFA Group holds a left and progressive ideology, advocating for environmental protection, sustainable development, social equality, and the acknowledgement of cultural and linguistic diversity within the EU. 

Renew Europe Group (Renew)
This is the oldest group in the European Parliament, and it used to be called the ‘Liberal and Allies Group.’ This group is a liberal, pro-European group.  

European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR)
The European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR) is far-right and known for their Euroscepticism. Some members of the group are not in favour of the Eurozone in general and are against referendums on whether countries enter the EU. This group is anti-climate measures, opposes the European Green Deal, and anti-migration. They have gained a lot of support from populist and nationalist movements over the last years, with the prospect of winning a lot of seats in the next election. This directly threatens the rule of law and shifts the parliament towards the far-right.

Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) (EPP)
This group started in 1976 and is the largest political group in the European Parliament at the moment. The EPP Group identifies itself as a centre-right, conservative and Christian democratic group. The parties in this group have moved further to the right from centre-right to win some far-right votes. As a result, the largest political group has been conservative and increasingly right-wing, with the risk of them collaborating with the farright ECR and ID after the elections. This would mean the European Green Deal is put on hold, EU enlargement is blocked, and EU power reduced. 

Identity and Democracy Group (ID)
The Identity and Democracy (ID) group is a right-wing populist party. Emphasising a hard stance against migration, the ID group opposes granting additional powers to the European Union. This group has gained support from nationalist movements across Europe and stands to gain a lot of votes in the upcoming elections. If this group gains this momentum, they stand to threaten the EU’s values on human rights, the Green Deal, and respect for the rule of law. 

To be officially recognized, a group needs at least 25 member states to be part of it. You do not vote on the groups. This is very important to understand. They are not legal bodies that take decisions, but they are the networks bringing together decision-makers with similar political leanings. We called around, and the political groups do not have common manifestos, or position papers, but the members of the groups do strategise together on how to vote in parliament. More information, visit elections.europe.eu  

Election process

The European elections happen every five years, giving over 400 million EU citizens the chance to choose their representatives. This year, voting takes place from June 6 to June 9. The voting process varies depending on your country, following national rules while ensuring a fair system that prevents any single nation from dominating the parliament. This ensures that smaller countries have a proportionate influence. There will be 720 MEPs elected in the upcoming elections, an increase from the previous 705 members to accommodate population growth. 

So, who can vote? Anyone with EU citizenship and who meets the national minimum voting age can cast a ballot! In most countries, this age is 18, but in Belgium, Germany, Malta, and Austria, it’s 16, and in Greece, it’s 17. While you’re usually automatically registered to vote in most countries, in some places you need to register with the national authorities. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the registration deadlines. 


Some parties exist in several countries, and they have a European level network that brings them together. The parties have common manifestos that are translated to apply to the national contexts by the national branches. All members of these networks are part of the same party. Some of the groups have the same names as some of the political parties. This is really where it gets a little bit tricky. The groups with the same name as a political party is not limited to only politicians from that party. So in short, groups consists of decision-makers from different political parties with similar political agendas, while EU parties consists of national affiliations of the same party. 

Find out which group your MEP belongs to

Manifestos of groups in the European Parliament

Our ecofeminist voter’s guide shows how different groups and parties score on ecofeminist themes. Of course, we only cover a limited number of themes here. Therefore, view the score primarily as a starting point from an ecofeminist perspective. Voting cannot change everything, but through awareness, you can bring certain issues to the table.

S&D Link
The Left – GUE/NGL Link
Renew Europe Link
ECR Not available
EPP Link
I&D Not available

Read more

If you want to learn more about the European elections and how you can get ready to actively participate, take a look at our ‘EU Elections toolkit for Youth. 

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How-to-vote guide

EU members are voting for a new parliament 6-9 Jun 2024. If you are an EU citizen and over 18 years, you have a right to vote, although you can already vote from 16 years old in Austria, Belgium, Germany and Malta, and from 17 years old Greece. If you live abroad, you can either vote for candidates in your home country or in your country of residence, but no voting twice! Wherever you’re voting, you must play by the electoral rules of that system. In some countries registration to vote is automatic with residency, in some you need to complete this yourself.

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