JEF Europe calls for more transparency in nominating candidates for the next European Parliament Presidency
Martin Schulz recently announced that he would not re-run for the Presidency of the European Parliament, kick-starting the race to find his successor. JEF Europe believes this is the perfect opportunity for the party groups to lead an open discussion about who should preside over the EU’s only elected institution. In the process, they could bring the EU closer to citizens and build much-needed trust in the EU’s institutional system.
But so far, we have been rather disappointed. JEF Europe is worried to see that instead of opening the debate to the public and engaging in a transparent process of selecting the next EP President, party groups seem to retreat to obsolete practices of hashing out deals behind closed doors.
Concerned about the damage such practices might do to citizens’ trust in the EU’s democratic principles, JEF Europe calls on party groups to reconsider their approach. We believe that exclusionary tactics are neither appropriate for nor beneficial to the EU’s image and will only cause people not feeling represented by those whose very responsibility it is to make citizens’ voices heard on the EU level.
Therefore, JEF Europe does not only call on the party groups to lead an open debate – we also demand that all candidates running for the position of EP President should present
a) a programme spelling out their political priorities for the mandate,
b) their vision for how they intend to fill this role.
Although the election to the presidency on January 17th is already looming large, we believe it is not yet too late to change course. There is still time to make the process of selecting candidates more transparently and to galvanise trust in democracy on the EU level by leading an open discussion.
Secretary General JEF Europe