Making the conduct of the next European Parliament elections more democratic:
Extracts from the press conference by Viviane REDING and Maroš ŠEFČOVIČ
Première transmission: 12/03/2013
Commission , Strasbourg, Press Conference room
Fin de production: 12/03/2013
Today the European Commission adopted a recommendation under which political parties should nominate a candidate for European Commission President in the next European elections and they should display their European political party affiliation. The proposals aim to better inform voters about the issues at stake in next year's European Parliament elections, encourage a Europe-wide debate and ultimately improve voter turnout. The Commission is also calling on Member States to agree on a common voting date for the elections, traditionally spread out over a period of four days.
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||Arrival of Viviane Reding, Vice President in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship and Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Viviane Reding, Vice President in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship: We came very quickly into an agreement in the political recommendations of the Commission concerning the upcoming European elections and to make those more democratic. We have been listening very carefully to the political parties during the last months and years who told us that we have to change things all together for the next European elections. The president of the Commission made a very clear intervention in his state of the Union speech at this regard.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Viviane Reding: 62% of people think having party candidates for Commission President and a single voting day would help bolster turnout
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration: We believe that trough the efforts and the recommendations measures and also trough this new European legal statute for the European political parties we are actually going to contribute to the creation and formation of the true European political space where we are going to have one European campaign before the European parliament elections and not 27 fragmented national campaign.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Maroš Šefčovič: Theses are the efforts from the side of the Commission for not only creation for the true European political space but also for giving the citizens the instruments to be part of the EU process, to be engaged to be interested and of course to make sure that the European Parliament elections are truly European and not dominated only by national topics which it was often the case in the past.