April 22, 2008
In terms of representative democracy, the support given hereto to EU-wide political parties has been insufficient. These parties must be given more support, both financially and politically. Financially, the community budget must take them more into account. Politically, measures such as the following are necessary:
A) The possibility to become a member directly of an EU-wide political party, without necessarily being a member of the corresponding party in a particular Member State.
B) Strengthening the idea of European political parties in the grassroots organizations of the national parties.
C) Electoral manifestoes to be drawn up jointly and to be democratically decided.
D) Periodic congresses, with the designation of delegates in proportion to the size of each respective party.
E) Political decisions on EU themes to be taken according to a system similar to the decision-making process in the EU itself: that is to say by simple or qualified majority according to the subject under discussion, as practised in the Council.
F) The organizational heads of each parliamentary group should automatically form part of the governing body of the European Parliament.
G) Disciplinary committees to be formed either by representatives of all the national parties or by secret vote in the European Parliament. When the subject of the disciplinary committee is closely related to the workings of the Parliament, the committee should comprise, in the main, MEPs.