EMI – European Elections 2019 – More Transparent and Closer to Citizens? – European Parliament – 19 November 2015
- November 2015
- Panagiotis Loules
The European Movement International organised an event on the European Parliament’s initiative to reform the Electoral Law of the EU.
The European Parliament’s Co-Rapporteurs (Danuta Hubner and Jo Leinen) were joined by the Luxembourgish Minister of Labour Nicolas Schmit, President of the Council of the European Union, as well as a representative of the DG Justice and Consumers, European Commission.
Eventually, a proposal on electoral law reform, co-authored by Jo Leinen and Danuta Hübner, was endorsed by MEPs on Wednesday, 11 November. With the Report drafted by Jo Leinen (S&D), President of the European Movement International and Danuta Hübner (EPP), Chairwoman of AFCO Committee, the European Parliament is exercising its special right of legislative initiative for a reform of the European electoral law under Art. 223 (1) TFEU. The reform proposal inter alia builds on the new modus operandi for the election of the Commission President with lead candidates nominated by the European political parties and a strengthened role of the European Parliament. Putting forward concrete proposals for amending the 1976 Electoral Act as well as further recommendations, the report seeks to make the European Elections more transparent, more attractive and more European.