As a rule, any European election is held within a period from Thursday to Sunday which is the same for all Member States. This is to ensure that the different election traditions can be maintained in the Member States. Like Germany, most Member States hold elections on a Sunday or statutory public holiday.
The period in which the election is held should correspond to the respective period of the first European election of 1979, in the last year of the electoral period. The first European election took place from 7 to 10 June 1979.
About six months before the election, the Federal Government specifies the day on which the election is to take place.
Election dates European elections
||10 June 1979
||17 June 1984
||18 June 1989
||12 June 1994
||13 June 1999
||13 June 2004
||7 June 2009
||25 May 2014
||26 May 2019
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Section 7 of the European Elections Act (EuWG)
Section 4 of the European Elections Act (EuWG) in conjunction with Section 16, second sentence, of the Federal Elections Act (BWG)