Ian Hudghton (Greens/EFA) - Many of the ideas floated in this report are unacceptable. Many of the tabled amendments are even more unpalatable.
The rapporteurs, a "grand coalition" of EPP and Socialist groups, refer to their perceived need to avoid "further fragmentation" of the European Parliament. That statement exemplifies the traditional approach of the two larger groups in this Parliament - they would use any opportunity to place obstacles, such as mandatory thresholds, in the way of Parties and Groups other than their own.
The diversity of views represented in this Parliament is, in my view, a considerable asset and a direct result of a democratic election process rather than an obstacle to it.
I have not seen any beneficial effect arising from the notion of lead candidates, supposedly gathering votes from across the entire EU. The amendments which propose a 25-strong Transnational List of candidates at European Elections are not likely to lead to any greater level of voter interest in future European Parliament elections.
In my view, transnational lists simply are another mechanism which would mainly benefit the two largest groups in this parliament. I will be voting against all of the amendments which are supportive of the principle of transnational lists.