The European heads of state and government on Friday in Brussels even touched on the composition of the European Parliament after the brexit. That is smaller, is already a part of the British seats be redistributed over a number of member states.
The institutional discussions about the number of seats in the European Parliament or the technical aspects of the European elections seem to be for the public at large might not be very interesting. But in the ‘Brussels bubble’ play that techniciteiten ‘a major role’, as commission President Jean-Cleade Juncker puts it.
The brexit is the most important factor. After the British withdrawal from the European Union are the 73 seats of British Mep’s vacant. The Parliament wants to make 27 of these seats redistribute it among the fourteen states that now actually under-represented in the hemisphere. These include France, Spain, the Netherlands and Italy. Belgium remains low at 21 seats. The 46 other British places disappear, reducing the number of mps is reduced from 751 to 705.
The European heads of state and government declared themselves Friday agreement with that principle. The formal decision will follow in June.
What the other hot topics, were the views farther apart. The European Parliament wants the European elections again work with the system of ” spitzenkandidaten’, in which each political family, one candidate puts forward for president of the Commission. In principle, it is up to the European heads of state and government to a president to appoint, but the Parliament must still approve.
The hemisphere had already let it be understood that no one would endorse that is not a ‘spitzenkandidaat’ was, but that swallowing the leaders do not. “There is no automaticity’, said German chancellor Angela Merkel. “The treaty is clear,” emphasised also European president Donald Tusk. ‘It is up to the European Council to a candidate to indicate, taking into account the European Parliament. But an automatic mechanism whereby the candidate of the Parliament is nominated, does not exist.’
The idea of transnational lists, another novelty for the European elections of 2019, took place. Among others, French president Emmanuel Macron were in favour to be a part of the seats reserve for the candidates on the transnational lists – a sort of European constituency. But the Parliament turned that idea earlier this month all the back, and also in the member states there is not enough animo to the system in 2019. Juncker stressed, however, that it is not final, the table is swept. The discussion comes back for the vote of 2024.