In the European Parliament has passed a Non-legislative resolution calling for European Political Parties to get legal statue so that they can play the role set out to them under Article 10, paragraph 4 of the Lisbon Treaty whereby political parties at European level contribute to forming European political awareness and to expressing the will of citizens of the Union.
The report by Marietta Giannakou (EPP, Greece) was passed by 560 votes in favour, 93 against and 22 abstentions. The report also called for
- the possibility of direct membership of natural persons;
- the rise of the present ceiling of €12,000 per year for donations to €25,000 per year and per donator;
- the organisational convergence of political parties at EU level with the aim of the creation in the future of a transnational party system;
- the independent resources that European political parties are required to demonstrate could be reduced to 10% of their total budget, in order to further enhance their development.
The ELDR recently launched an Associate Member scheme and this enactment of this report would be the logical next step.
If the recommendations are passed into law, something which is expected as Commissioner Šefčovič expressed a will to examine and put forward the proposal of the European legal statute of EU political parties based on EU law
if this was to become the case it would allow european parties to launch national campaigns and be involved in referendum campaigns. It could open up a whole new era of politics in Europe, but will it happen?