Southern EU states in favour of transnational lists

The idea

One of the outcomes that Brexit brings about is freeing up 73 seats in the European Parliament. Some European politicians, such as French President Emmanuel Macron, have called for creation of “pan-european lists”. These lists could let European citizens elect some of the parliamentary representatives jointly, no matter in which member-state they live or what citizenship they have. Gianni Pittella, head of S&D, has also endorsed the idea.

Gaining momentum

During a summit of the southern European Union Countries on 10th January, in a joint declaration, France, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Portugal and Spain have all expressed their support for transnational lists of members of the European Parliament to be elected at European level in order to “strengthen the democratic dimension of the Union”.

The declaration has already been approved of by leader of ALDE, Guy Verhofstadt.

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