[pp.int.general] European Parliament makes forming group more difficult
anton.tamminen at piraattipuolue.fi
Wed Jul 9 17:09:56 CEST 2008
Source: YLE (Finnish public media)
Original text of probably little use to you in Finnish
The EUP has today voted for a proposition for greater requirements on
parliamentary groups. Requirements were raised to 25 MEPs from 7 countries.
Freely translated abstract of the article:
"The two largest factions in the European Parliament - the socialists
and conservatives - have decided to complicate the organizing of small
"With a two-thirds' majority on wednesday, they voted that from now on,
forming a group will require 25 representatives from 7 member countries.
Until now, the requirement was 20 representatives from 5 member countries."
"The decision implies among other things that in the next parliament,
many far-right and euroskeptic representatives will be outside of
political groups, and can thus never be elected into parliamentary
committees. They will also not receive the same funding as others."
"The proposition presented by the socialists and conservatives was
opposed by all other groups, from liberals to greens."
Finnish Consitutional Law Committee vice chairman Anneli Jäätteenmäki:
"The Conservatives' fear of new groups forming was behind this
amendment. That is why they wanted to raise the bar. This restriction is
harder than in any national parliament. Not a very democratic decision
in a EU that embraces diversity." "Fringe groups will receive more
support because of attempts to limit their influence. Besides, at least
to this day, the small groups have not been an obstacle for efficiency.
In this matter, the large groups should take a look in the mirror."
International Secretary, Member of the Board
Piraattipuolue - The Pirate Party, Finland
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