20 APR 2011
The liberals in the European Parliament are pushing for the 2014 EU elections to be held in May instead of June, in order to provide enough time for the next Commission president to be chosen from the ranks of newly-elected MEPs.
Andrew Duff (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe; UK), the Parliament's rapporteur on proposals to introduce the first transnational lists in the next European elections, said the next European Commission president should ideally be chosen in July.
Duff outlined his proposals on Tuesday (19 April) after the Parliament's constitutional affairs committee overwhelmingly backed a report proposing an overhaul of European elections, three decades after they were first held in 1979.
The Liberal Democrat MEP wants the next Commission president to be selected from the ranks of newly-elected members of the European Parliament.
One of the major novelties backed by the committee is to set aside 25 parliamentary seats for candidates elected from Europe-wide lists presented by European political parties.
Under the proposal, voters would be able to cast votes for a so-called "transnational list" of 25 MEPs as of the next elections in 2014, in addition to traditional national lists.
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Call for Europeans to elect 25 MEPs from EU-wide list