20 Sep, 2022

European political parties and foundations to become cornerstone of European democracy

As the next European elections approach, the Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament strongly believes it is the right time to substantially strengthen European democracy and the role of European political parties and foundations. Renew Europe therefore welcomes the broad support for the work of co-rapporteur Charles Goerens MEP (Demokratesch Partei, LU) on the recast of the regulation on their statute and funding.

European political parties and foundations must be the cornerstone of European democracy, and Renew Europe aims to pave the way for stronger and more visible parties and foundations in a genuine European political sphere. This reform will empower these organisations to assume their democratic role and fully engage in European politics, as well as national campaigns related to the EU.

The recast also promotes strengthened rules on more transparent funding and a better protection of European values, such as the respect for rule of law, democracy and human rights. Lowering the co-financing rate for European political parties to 5% (even to 0% in the year of EU elections) will not only help increasing the number and intensity of their campaign activities, but also their visibility at national level. Extending membership to countries that have voting rights in the Council of Europe gives pro-European parties of our neighbours the possibility to engage in European discussions. Co-rapporteur Goerens will now engage in negotiations with the European Commission and Council to finalise the recast in time for the next European elections.

Commenting further on the negotiations, Goerens said:

"With this report, the European Parliament provides a strong basis for the creation of a truly European demos, while strengthening financial transparency in relation to European political parties and foundations. In order to guarantee increased political participation at EU-level, citizens need to have a stronger connection to European Parties. This report is one important step towards this goal."

Photo credit: Alain Rolland, European Parliament 2022

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