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Mandatory threshold for constituencies with more than 35 seats: Every vote for Europe should count!

European Parliament approved on Wednesday a proposal to introduce a mandatory threshold for constituencies with more than 35 seats. This threshold must not go below 2% and not exceed 5% of the votes cast. The new rule will also apply to single-constituency member states with more than 35 seats.

German MEP Ulrike Müller pointed out that “All the concerns about the potential fragmentation of a European Parliament without a threshold have proven to be wrong. The predicted chaos did not arise and the functioning of the EP has not been impaired.”

The EDP Vice-President also stated that:“Quite to the contrary: as a member of the ALDE group I have taken on the roles of the chairwoman and rapporteur multiple times and have thus been substantially involved in the political decisions” and she emphasised that “This demonstrates clearly how smaller parties can work effectively and contribute their expertise and practical knowledge in the interests of the citizens. It cannot be the aim of an electoral threshold to ban certain political views from the European Parliament and to add even more mandates to the larger parties – precisely to those parties who are currently misusing their mandate for political turf wars instead of bringing forward constructive and pro-European policies. Every vote for Europe counts!”

MEP from Basque Country, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica pointed out that this is: "an unacceptable electoral reform. It reminds me of those non-selective fishing nets that are all over the place. " She also added that : "this reform, which is intended to be implemented from 2024 onwards, will exclude political forces such as the PNV and so many others that have been involved in the construction of the European Union from the very beginning."

Freie Wähler also announced they will file a complaint before the German Federal Constitutional Court against the decision of the European Parliament that obligates Germany to introduce an electoral threshold from the 2024 European elections on. They consider the threshold to be a violation of the “one man, one vote” principle.

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