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EDP MEPs tell us why they chose to fight for Europe

"Languages, cultures, regional differences and local initiatives must be cherished because they are Europe’s strongest asset."

A Democratic Europe

Theme - Europe

State of play

The European crisis is a democratic crisis: many citizens see the European Union as a constraint that deprives them of their rights and its functioning is difficult to understand.

There are institutional reasons for this:

  • Lack of Democracy: 
    The European Parliament has no right of initiative when it is the only European institution directly elected by the citizens. 
  • Lack of a European dimension: 
    The European political parties represented in the Parliament are mere alliances of national parties. The EP elections are too often national elections with national stakes.
  • Lack of proximity: 
    The European Commission appears to be an unfair censor far from national and regional contexts and a parangon of bureaucracy.
  • Lack of transparency: 
    The Council operates on the basis of a rotating presidency and in an opaque manner, which allows its members to hold a double discourse between Brussels and the European capitals.

Our proposals

The European Union must increasingly involve citizens in its deliberations and take their views into account. We defend the idea of more representative and therefore stronger institutions:

  • A stronger Parliament: 
    The European Parliament must be given the right of initiative to initiate European policies called for by the citizens who elected it..
  • A genuine European Parliament: 
    In order to have a genuine European Parliament, we 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. 
  • A clearly defined leadership: 
    The Presidencies of the European Council and the European Commission must be merged into one. Europe will finally have an effective leader appointed by European elections. 
  • A politically responsible executive:
    The College of Commissioners must also be elected. They will act within a clear mandate defined by Parliament. 

Our commitments 

Every day the EDP defends its ideas through various actions and asserts its positions. For example:

  • In our Manifesto: 
    We have been defending these proposals for several years. They were already at the heart of our programme during the European Parliament's election campaign in 2004.