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Two million youths will vote for the first time in European elections

Brussels, June 2 (Prensa Latina) Around two million European teenagers aged 16 and 17 are preparing to exercise their right to vote for the first time in the upcoming European Union (EU) elections.

The governments of Austria, Belgium, Germany, Malta and Greece approved this prerogative for those under 18 years of age, unlike Italians of those ages, despite the proposals presented at the time by Enrico Letta in 2021 and, recently, by the founder of the 5 Star Movement, Beppe Grillo.

For its part, Germany, with the vote of 1.5 million teenagers, and Belgium, with 270 thousand, are the last countries to incorporate these young people into the next elections.

In addition to constituting something new, never before happened in the history of those nations, in the case of Brussels it will be a possibility and a duty.

According to reports, the purpose of the European Chamber is to maximize the electoral participation of the younger generations, in contrast to the previous European elections which showed a relatively low participation among young people, 42 percent among those under 25 years of age.