TAXI: Europa

Dear readers (yes there where more than 100 of you say the Blog stats…) a quick update on the date when MEPs will debate it out to elect their first democratically elected president.

The Europe group of the Union of European Federalists has contacted the 7 candidates for the European Parliament (EP) Presidency asking them if they supported or not the #1Head2Votes proposal.

To date, we expect to have a majority of candidates supporting #1Head2Votes, with only one explicitly saying No to it.
True, we have got only two definite replies from #EPpresident candidates: a Yes (from Mrs Forenza (GUE – European Left) and a No from Mr. Rebega (ENF – European nationalists – an oxymoron ;-)).

We expect Mrs. Lambert (Greens) and Mr. Verhofstadt (ALDE- European Liberals) to support us, although we have no formal reply from their staff. Both have publicly supported similar proposals or, in Guy’s case, even put it in the report he drafted for ‘The European Parliament after Brexit’.

Mr Pittella’s (S&D – European socialists) staff told me he would support us, but he has not confirmed. On the contrary, Mrs Stevens (ECR – European Conservatives) sent a tweet liking our proposal, but her staff need to “consult the group” before replying. With British Tories and Polish PiS leading it, we doubt she will be able to support us officially – for the moment.

We have no news at all from the favourite. Despite speaking three times with his assistant, we have no reply from Mr. Tajani (EPP – European Christian Democrats and People’s Party – whatever that means).

Following the publication of my article by EurActiv on 10 January the Belgian press has been discussing the issue, mainly on radio – listen to the first 5′ of Trending on Googleand the article is trending on Google, where it is the 9th page coming up in a search on the “European Parliament Elections”.

Follow our twitter feed @UEF_UE to follow the election today



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  1. Update November 2017
    The Union of European Federalist voted a second resolution published on 3rd November 2017 calling for

    “The UEF Federal Committee, meeting in Paris on 22 October 2017,

    Considering the Resolution “on overcoming the crises and completing European political unity” adopted by the UEF Federal Committee on 18th June 2017 in Madrid, and regarding “The immediate reform Europe needs”, calling for action to strengthen “the Spitzenkandidaten by the creation of transnational lists”;

    Considering the UEF resolutions on European Political Parties (21st November 2004) and on further European integration (5th November 2016);

    Considering European Parliament resolution of 11th November 2015 on the reform of the electoral law of the European Union, which states that “The Council decides by unanimity on a joint constituency in which lists are headed by each political family’s candidate for the post of President of the Commission”;

    Noting that after Brexit there will be 73 vacant seats at the European Parliament;

    Acknowledging that some of the seats could be used to improve the representation of some Member States in order to fully apply the principles of digressive proportionality;

    Acknowledging that some of the seats could be used for future EU enlargements;

    Taking into account the need to foster the development of a genuine European public space with transnational election campaigns;

    Noting that according to article 14.2 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) Members of the European Parliament are representatives of EU citizens and not of individual Member States or their citizens, and that European citizens under article 10.2 TEU are directly represented in the European Parliament;

    Recalling that the establishment of a European-wide constituency is a core and long standing UEF policy objective;

    Considering that some of the vacant seats could be used for transnational lists to be elected in a European-wide/pan-European constituency;

    Considering that transnational lists headed by each political family’s lead candidate (“Spitzenkandidat”) would further enhance European democracy by strengthening the link between the elections to the European Parliament and the election of the President of the European Commission;

    Noting the support of the governments of Italy and France;

    Noting that European Commission’s President endorsed during his recent State of the Union address the idea of having transnational lists in the next European Parliament elections;

    Noting that such a proposal does not require Treaty change but unanimous Council decision;

    Reiterates its call for the introduction of a European-wide constituency in due time to be applied in the 2019 European elections.”

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