Determining eligibility in the European elections

You can apply for a mandate as a Member of the European Parliament in Germany if you are eligible for election. The individual requirements depend on whether you are a German within the meaning of Article 116.1 of the Basic Law (GG) or a citizen of the Union of another Member State of the European Union.

if applicable, identity card or foreign identity document


Preconditions
Electable German or Electable German : You are eligible if you are German or German within the meaning of the Basic Law on election day and have reached the age of eighteen. Furthermore, you must not be excluded from eligibility (passive right to vote). Such an exclusion exists if, as a result of a court ruling, you do not have the right to vote or the eligibility or the ability to hold public office. Eligible Union citizen: If you are a citizen of the Union, you can also apply for a mandate as a Member of the European Parliament in Germany under certain conditions. They are eligible if you have an apartment or otherwise habitually reside in the Federal Republic of Germany and have the nationality of a Member State of the European Union on election day and have reached the age of eighteen. Furthermore, you must not be excluded from eligibility (passive right to vote). Such an exclusion exists if you are excluded from the right to vote in the Federal Republic of Germany or in your country of origin or if you do not have the eligibility or the ability to hold public office as a result of a court ruling in the Federal Republic of Germany. In addition, you are not eligible if, under certain conditions, you do not have eligibility in your Member State of origin as a result of a case-by-case decision.
Eligibility for German election candidates is proven by a certificate of eligibility from the municipal authority. Union citizens of another Member State of the European Union who apply in the Federal Republic of Germany must prove their eligibility by means of certificates of residence or other habitual residence as well as of non-exclusion from eligibility.

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13.04.2021