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No transnational lists in 2019: a significant missed opportunity!


The European Parliament has adopted today a text reducing the number of MEPs after Brexit but the deletion of the transnational lists from this text was approved by a majority of 368 in favour and 274 against despite the approval in the Constitutional Affairs Committee last month.

The European Democratic Party has always supported the establishment of transnational lists, seen as explained by Marielle DE SARNEZ, EDP Secretary General as “a crucial step forward towards a pan-European democracy”.

The rejection of the proposal establishing these transnational lists in 2019 constitutes for  Nathalie GRIESBECK (France), a “significant missed opportunity to send a strong signal to European citizens”.

According to the Basque MEP Izaskun BILBAO BARANDICA, “the fear of change has paralysed a European project progress”

This would have been a “major progress towards a real European democracy”, Nathalie GRIESBECK reckons.

This legislative initiative will be put to the European Council  for a unanimous decision, and then returned to Parliament for a final vote. 

A Genuine European Parliament is one of the EDP key proposals. We therefore propose the election of 15% of MEPs in a single European constituency, with a candidate for the presidency of the European Union at the top of the list.

Mi intervención de hoy apoyando las listas transnacionales que acaba de rechazar el @Europarl_ES. El miedo al cambio paraliza el avance del proyecto europeo que se basa en el lema "Unidos en la diversidad". @eajpnv europeistas por y desde el principio.

— Izaskun Bilbao (@IzaskunBilbaoB) February 7, 2018

Véritable occasion manquée d'envoyer un signal fort aux citoyens européens : rejet par le @Europarl_FR des #Listestransnationales pour les #EE2019 alors que ce serait une avancée majeure vers une véritable démocratie européenne! #TransnationalLists #EP2019

— Nathalie Griesbeck (@Nat_GRIESBECK) February 7, 2018