Lib Dems lead the way for a truly pan-European election in 2014

2013 Gorffenaf 8 11:45 AM

Alec Dauncey, Welsh Liberal Democrat European candidate, has welcomed the adoption of a report into improving the organisation of the 2014 European elections.

The report, published by Lib Dem MEP Andrew Duff, was supported in a plenary session of the European Parliament. It calls on European political parties to nominate their candidate for the presidency of the Commission early enough to enable them to mount an effective campaign on a European scale and focus on European issues.

The report also insists that political debates between candidates should be organised in the Member States.

Alec Dauncey said "People sometimes complain that the European Commission is too powerful and unelected. Thanks to Liberal Democrat MEP Andrew Duff, our votes will have an influence over who the next president of the Commission is. The Parliament voted last week to demand that the party which wins the most seats across Europe can put its candidate forward first to the whole Parliament.

"This makes the election next year more like a Westminster election where we do not vote for a Prime Minister directly, but for the party they lead."

Andrew Duff Lib Dem MEP for the East of England said:

"It is now up to the European political parties to select their candidates and to compete openly for ideas, policies, votes and seats.

"National parties and parliaments must make space for the growth of a transnational political dimension."

"It came as no surprise that Conservative and UKIP members voted against the idea that ordinary members of the public should be make an informed choice on EU matters before they cast their ballot next May. Perhaps they would prefer the public not to know the unsavoury bedfellows that they have in the wider EU."

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