We recommend that some of the members of the European Parliament – maybe 20 or 25 per cent - be elected through elections across Europe. We call upon NGOs and independent think tanks to start discussions and research on the consequences of different types of cross-border European ballots.
Why this recommendation?
The idea to bring part of the seats in the European Parliament up for elections in cross-border European ballots has been discussed in depth in the Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee 2007-13.
Having a substantial number of seats contested in pan-European elections would lead to cross-border election campaigns. Especially if these are combined with the "Spitzenkandidaten" system or similar reform, the individual voter would be able to choose between a number of political lines, each represented by a name and a "face".
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This is one out of "20 Recommendations For More Democracy in Europe", prepared by seven conferences in seven EU countries - Denmark, Latvia, The Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Bulgaria and The Netherlands, in that order. The final document was prepared by representatives of all 7 conferences at The International House Sonnenberg in the Harz Mountains, Germany.
The My!Europe project will present one recommendation every day until Christmas, with a final overview on Dec 24.
To read the full text go to www.myeurope.today/important-pages-2
We think that these recommendations for change are extremely important for the future of Europe. What do you think? Your opinion counts.