Regulation of the EP and Council on the statute and funding of European political parties: extracts from the briefing by Maroš ŠEFČOVIČ, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration

Type: NEWS   Référence: 87852   Durée: 00:01:54   Première transmission: 12/09/2012  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EC
Fin de production: 12/09/2012
On 12 September, Maroš Šefcovic, EC Vice-President in charge of Interinstitutional Relations and Administration, presented the Commission's proposal to strengthen the ability of European political parties to form a truly European public sphere and express the will of EU citizens, by increasing their visibility, recognition, effectiveness, transparency and accountability. The proposal provides European-level legal status for European political parties and their affiliated foundations, tackling the most important obstacle they face when operating in and across Member States. Most are currently registered as Belgian non-profit making associations, or 'asbl'. To be recognised as a European political party or a European political foundation, such organisations will have to meet high standards on internal democracy, governance, accountability, transparency, and respect for the values on which the Union is founded. All aspects of party funding will be subject to a comprehensive set of rules, including strict reporting and control requirements. A regime of administrative sanctions will be introduced in case of infringements. There will be no impact on the overall amounts made available under the EU budget for funding of political parties and foundations. But the rules governing such funding will be streamlined and adapted to their specific situation and needs. European political parties would have to publish the names of donors contributing more than €1,000/year, while the annual limit on individual donations would rise from €12,000 to €25,000.

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00:00:00 General view of the meeting 00:00:08
00:00:08 SOUNDBITE (in English) Maroš Šefcovic, EC Vice-President in charge of Interinstitutional Relations and Administration: It is quite clear that we are speaking about democratic quality in the EU, democratic accountability, the important role of EU Parliament and its elected members. We also have to see the increasing role of these EU political parties; not only generating a genuine European debate but also expressing the views of the EU citizens and also on helping us to consolidate the EU political democratic space. 00:00:40
00:00:48 Cutaway of the journalists 00:00:04
00:00:52 SOUNDBITE (in English) Maroš Šefcovic: And then, of course, we are also proposing a change in the way how the EU political parties and the political foundations are funded. We propose to remove them from the operating grant system which is used for the NGO, in most of the cases. We are creating a regime which is much more flexible streamlined, better suited for the needs and which at the same time has to be matched by much more increase transparency 00:00:34
00:01:26 General view of the meeting 00:00:03
00:01:29 SOUNDBITE (in English) Maroš Šefcovic : I hope that the proposal as it is made will get the support in the EU Parliament. I just came here from the meeting with Madam Giannakou, she was reporter on this issue. And she was very positive about the proposal. 00:00:20
00:01:49 General view of the meeting 00:00:05
00:01:54 End 00:00:00
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