At the plenary session of the European Parliament (EP) in Strasbourg, it did not accept the proposal to elect 27 MPs in the EP elections in 2019, with the release of the 73 British mandates, by setting up an EU constituency based on pan-European lists.
It has accepted the EP on Wednesday to reduce the number of Members from 751 to 705 after Brexit.
The press release of the EU Parliament informed that, according to the text adopted, after the Brexit, 46 out of the 73 British mandates would be placed in reserve 46 for a possible EU enlargement. The remaining twenty-seven seats were split between 14 Member States.
The resolution underlines that changes are needed only if the United Kingdom really leaves the EU.
According to the information, France and Spain 5-5, Italy and the Netherlands 3-3, Ireland 2, and Poland, Romania, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Slovakia, Croatia, Finland and Estonia would receive 1-1 more mandates to compensate for inequalities. The number of mandates of other EU Member States, including Hungary, will not change from the present.
At the same time, the deputies voted against the proposal by the EP’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs for some of the MEPs to join the EU Parliament in a single European constituency. It is proposed that, in the case of the adoption of a new EU electoral law, for the remaining 46 out of 73 remaining seats in Brex, 27 MEPs would be elected by the creation of an EU constituency based on pan-European lists. The number of MEPs elected on these lists must be equal to the number of EU countries (which will be 27 after the Great Britain is untied until another Member State joins). The mandates thus obtained would be given to representatives who represent themselves “the European Union”.
The EP’s legislative proposal will then be discussed by the European Council – where the Heads of State or Government must make unanimous decisions – then the EP will once again approve and ratify the parliaments of the Member States.
The so-called Conference of Presidents in the House of Commons of the European Parliament proposed in mid-January that the next election of the members of the European Parliament would be held from 23 to 26 May 2019. The finalization of the dates is also required by the agreement of the councils of the governments of the Member States.
Members of the EP have been directly elected since 1979. EU citizens decide every five years to represent them in the European Parliament, the only directly elected institution in the EU. The choice is made between the dates set by the Council with the consent of the Member States of the European Union, but each country has the freedom to decide on which day. The date of the election of the Hungarian MEPs is determined by the President of the Republic within the specified timeframe. According to the law, only Sunday elections can be held in Hungary, so on 26 May of the next year, the proposal of the Conference of Presidents would be the Hungarian election.
György Schöpflin, European Parliament Representative of Fidesz, in his statement to MTI, emphasized that the pan-European, also known as transnational list, would be the first step in a bad-going process.
“The list above the nations is based on the assumption that somewhere, there is a European demos waiting for someone to represent, and that list is just for this, but this is a mistake: there is no European demo and mistake to reverse” – he stressed.
In his opinion, he would not increase his reputation for the EP if he had 27 “freely floating”, non-accountable representatives with political power, but without any responsibility, “the EPP politician underlined.
In Tibor Szanyi’s Socialist MEP’s statement, setting up a pan-European list would strengthen the European character of the EP election while sending a clear message to nationalist, euro-skeptical forces: “Europe is strong and resistant to populism.”
“By setting up a strong young quota, representatives would get a layer that everybody talks about, everyone wants to save, but in general it can be said to be under-represented at the legislative level,” the Socialist politician said.
Source: MTI / Image: nemzetinet.hu /