In the run-up to the European Parliament elections in 2014, starting as early as 2009, the European Movement International adopted several positions that called for transnational lists, ‘spitzenkandidaten’, European-wide election manifestos, vote at 16, and generally, making the European democratic process more participatory. Shortly after the 2014 elections these calls were combined in a comprehensive Policy Position on European Political Parties and electoral reform. All calls and adopted positions were followed by various advocacy actions towards the European Parliament.

Article 223 (1) TFEU gives only the European Parliament the right to initiate a reform of European electoral law. However, for any reform of the 1976 Direct Elections Act unanimity in the Council of the EU is needed, as well as consent by the EP and approval by Member States according to their national constitutional requirements.

Reform of the electoral law of the EU

Vote Breakdown

315

For

234

Against

55

Abstain

146

Absent

275 votes required to pass.

The Legislative Initiative resolution on the reform of the electoral law of the European Union was voted on 11 November 2015 and passed with 315 votes in favour. Responsible co-rapporteurs were Danuta Hübner (EPP, PL) and Jo Leinen (S&D, GE).

 

Key issues

Spitzenkandidaten

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Electoral Reform

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Transnational lists

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Looking forward – to 2019!

What can be expected in terms of changes to the electoral procedures?

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What to do to make the 2019 elections more European and participatory?

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For more information on the European Movement Position on electoral reform, have a look at: