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  • 13th March 2012 - 17:25 GMT

European Parliament too weak to reform European elections?

For the third time, the European Parliament is postponing the plenary vote on the “Duff-Report” to reform the European elections and introduce transnational lists. With this bad signal, the hope for more European democracy and real ‘European’ elections is put into danger”, criticised Jo LEINEN, President of the European Movement International (EMI).

The European elections under the current system are an addition of 27 national elections coupled with 27 national electoral campaigns. With European lists, the European Political Parties would have the incentive to organise election campaigns with a strong transnational character and programme, which would lead to a more dynamic and more attractive debate about European politics. “We need to bring the political debate about Europe out of the national framework. We urgently need a better infrastructure and better instruments for a European political space”, said Jo LEINEN.

Under the Lisbon Treaty, the European Parliament has the competence to propose a reform of its own composition. “It is absurd and ironic that the Parliament seems not to be able to make use of its power to reform the European elections”, said Jo LEINEN.

The EMI, together with its national councils and member organisations, will continue to promote the reform of the European elections and the introduction of transnational lists.

Editor’s Note: The European Movement International (EMI) is one of the largest pan and pro-European civil society organisation with currently more than 70 Member Organisations, bringing together representatives from European associations, political parties, enterprises and trade unions.

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