Polls for the upcoming general elections in the European Union and Switzerland are to be held as early as next week, the European Commission has announced.
The commission has asked all member states to start the polls on Tuesday, the first day of the new legislative session.
The polls will be held under the same voting rules as those in the other 27 EU member states, including an automatic recount.
This will be the first time in the 27-nation bloc that a vote on EU elections has been held under EU law, the commission said.EU states have until Monday to complete the recount.
In total, the 27 EU states have 537 parliamentary seats, including 39 in Germany, eight in France, six in Italy and one each in Spain, Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Estonia.
The election commission has also requested that the results of the Swiss presidential election be announced by Tuesday, and a date for the national elections in Italy, Hungary and Estonia to be set.
The Swiss elections will be followed by the French, Italian and German elections in March.