23 January 2018
Commenting on today’s vote in the Committee on Constitutional Affairs of the European Parliament, European Greens co-chairs Monica Frassoni and Reinhard Bütikofer said:
“We welcome the adoption by the AFCO Committee of the proposal that would allow as many as 46 seats in the European Parliament to be assigned to transnational lists. This could be an important step forward for European democracy. It would underscore the citizen dimension in the European integration process. Europe is more than a concert of national perspectives, interests and priorities. Having MEPs that depend on a European constituency to be elected enhances the role of the European Parliament as the central unitary institution of the EU and its legitimacy in the European process as the representative of the interests and opinions of European citizens, regardless of their nationality.
"The participation in the European elections could also be greatly enhanced by a campaign which puts Europe and its interests front and center. We European Greens are also convinced, that in a pan-European debate proposals for an open society and for the EU’s leadership in the ecological transition will be better heard.
"We therefore call upon the EU Council members to earnestly discuss the AFCO proposal and to show leadership by following the parliament."
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