03 May 2022
On 3 May 2022, the European Parliament voted in favor of introducing transnational lists for the 2024 European elections, along with other measures to strengthen European democracy such as lowering the voting age to 16 and gender-balanced lists.
The Greens have long been calling for and leading the fight for these transnational lists and for additional measures to reinforce European democracy and participation. The European Parliament is showing a clear path for further European democratic integration. Member states must agree on the proposal before the end of the year.
Evelyne Huytebroeck, co-chair of the European Green Party, comments:
“European citizens have demonstrated their interest in engaging in truly European debate in 2019 but the current electoral rules are constraining the debate at the national public spheres. Citizens were only able to cast a vote for their national party, and the debates around these elections lacked a truly European dimension.
The European Greens have always believed that a strong European democracy needs a true transnational debate. Today’s vote is a giant leap forward for European democracy.”
Thomas Waitz, co-chair of the European Green Party and Member of the European Parliament, adds:
"The proposal voted today is historic for European democracy. The European Parliament has once again demonstrated that it is the driving force behind a more democratic Europe. National governments and parliaments must now live up to their responsibilities to make transnational lists a reality.“
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