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MEP Talk: Saving United Europe by Fixing the Election Process (Pan-European Event)
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This is what we will talk about on May 18 with Daniel Freund, who was elected MEP for the Green Party in 2019. Elections for European Parliament lack focus on Europe. They are run nationally, by national politicians on national campaign platforms focusing on national issues. In our talk we will zero in on two specific proposals to change that: First, the introduction of „Transnational Electoral Lists“, a concept that has been in the making since the ´90s. Second, the introduction of „Transnational Campaign Platforms“, an idea developed by the MeetEU team and submitted as a proposal to the Conference on the Future of Europe platform. In our talk with Daniel Freund we expect to hear first hand from a frontline politician how he rates the pros and cons of these proposals as well as the likelihood of their adoption. Join our talk on May 17th at 20:00 CEST to listen in and bring your thoughts to the table. This event will take place on Webex.
Event reportTogether with the MEP Daniel Freund (Greens/EFA), we talked about the hurdles of establishing transnational lists, theoretically as well as practically, due to institutional disagreements and majorities in the European Parliament. As MeetEU, we have jointly drafted a solution proposal based on reforms of the EP parliamentary groups and will further develop it. The working paper will be further developed: "This proposal to enhance the European focus of European Elections contains an alternative approach to the widely known and advertised introduction of transnational electoral list. It is expected to at least have a comparable enhancing effect on the elections and at the same time it can be expected to face a significantly lower extent of formal introductory hurdles. The political hurdles to be encountered need to be explored. This document is a working paper, - outlining the proposal, - reviewing benefits and shortcomings, - exploring introductory hurdles as well as - documenting related considerations - being updated continuously according to new insights" Read the whole proposal: https://meeteu.eu/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/ENHANCING-THE-EUROPEAN-FOCUS-OF-EUROPEAN-ELECTIONS.pdf
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