February 21, 2008
We have European political parties. We have a statute for them, so that at least some financial independence is guaranteed from their national parties. Yet, what is missing? EUROPEAN elections!
Now, how to change the situation? Three ideas seem reasonable:
1. Have common campaigns and a more visible face of the European Parties.
Posters should look the same and say the name of the European political family at the bottom. They should address pan-European issues. This is something which can be done on the basis of today’s legislation, without having to change any directives. In a second step, people should be able to really vote for European Political Parties, not the national member party. A first measure could be to put at least in brackets the name of the European political family after the national parties’ name on the ballot paper.
2. Parties should nominate who is running as Commission President for their party family.
As the European Parliament has now a bigger say in the nomination – election – of the European Commission, parties should make the process more transparent and name their candidates.
3. Years ago, there was the idea of having a part of the MEPs elected by a European list, separate from the national.
This thought should be taken up as it would strengthen the pan-European dimension and help citizens and media to experience EUROPEAN elections. This would also contribute to finally take away the notion of “secondary elections” for the EPAuthor : EMI