I voted in favour of the transnational list in order to respect my party’s choice. It is a strong symbol while there are no European parties. However, the plenary rejected it. As far as I am concerned, I reiterate the same reservations as for the national list. What is the link between the elected politician and the citizens in such a wide diversity of territories?
Press release from the French delegation within ALDE
On Wednesday, 7 February 2018, the European Parliament adopted the Hübner and Silva Pereira’s report on the composition of the European Parliament during the next mandate (2019 - 2024). The United Kingdom withdrawal from the European Union in March 2019 will result in the departure of 73 British Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). The French delegation within the ALDE group was especially focused on two issues:
27 seats that will be vacated should be redistributed to several member states, in compliance with the principle of degressive proportionality. According to the latter, the more a country is populated, the more it owns MEPs. The text adopted today foresees that France will obtain 5 additional seats, raising from 74 to 79 MEPs. Furthermore, the European Parliament plans to delete or freeze several seats.
The report also proposed to allocate 27 seats for the election of MEPs on a European Union-wide electoral list. We regret not having found a majority to support the transnational lists during the vote in plenary (368 votes for the rejection, 274 against the rejection and 34 abstentions).
The Council, where the French President Emmanuel Macron’s support for this project is well-known, has now to take a decision.