Green party leaders from all over the EU agreed on the rules for the upcoming Green Primary yesterday in Brussels. Earlier this summer, the European Green Party (EGP) announced its third common campaign, with an innovative open online primary to select its leading candidates for the 2014 European Elections. This will demonstrate to voters that they can have a direct say in European decision-making. This unique e-democracy project's first phase has just been launched, with EGP Member Parties from the EU being asked to present candidates.
Member Parties can nominate candidates between September 4 and October 20. Candidates must acquire the support of at least four and maximum eight of the 33 EGP Member Parties from the EU. All EU parties have the right to support one candidate.Between November and the end of January 2014, everyone living in the EU above the age of 16 who shares Green values will be eligible to participate. Through an intuitive online process, they will directly chose the two leading Green candidates who will serve as the heart and face of the campaign across the EU.
“With our rules set, this is going to be a fair and interesting contest that will invigorate the public and tackle political apathy. No party has ever engaged into this kind of online primary process at the European level,” said EGP Co-Chair Reinhard Bütikofer.
“The Green Primary is an excellent opportunity for citizens to reclaim European politics at the very earliest stage. It is also a unique chance for people to get directly involved in the democratic process, and to take an active role in shaping their own future. Greens across Europe are united, and we want to participate in this important debate on the future of the government. We will see a strong and vibrant common campaign,” added EGP Co-Chair Monica Frassoni.
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Read about the #GreenPrimary and how it works here: http://europeangreens.eu/votegreen2014