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2014 Institutional changes. Ursula Pachl / Johannes Kleis General Assembly Brussels 14-15 November 2013. I) Europeanisation of the 2014 elections. Some facts and figures: 8 th direct EP elections. Election Day : between 22 and 25 May 2014.

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2014 institutional changes

2014 Institutional

changes

Ursula Pachl / Johannes Kleis

General Assembly

Brussels

14-15 November 2013


I europeanisation of the 2014 elections

I) Europeanisation of the 2014 elections.

  • Some facts and figures:

  • 8th direct EP elections.

  • Election Day: between 22 and 25 May 2014.

  • Moved from June to May due to election of new Commission President.


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  • The precise day of elections is set by MS - in some cases, this has yet to be done formally for 2014.

  • The official election result: after poll closes in last MS on Sunday 25 May 2014.

  • (Source of the infograph: European Parliament)


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  • Main innovation - Lisbon Treaty:

  • the EP elects the EC President.

  • On the basis of a proposal from the European Council.

  • Taking into account the elections to the EP

  • (Article 17(7) TEU).

  • This will apply for the first time for the 2014 elections.


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  • This means:

  • Winning party’s candidate will be put forward by the European Council.

  • EP elects this candidate by a majority of MEPs.

  • BUT: the reality may look different: coalitions ? / compromise candidates etc.


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  • March 2013 Commission recommendation:

  • European political parties should make known their candidate for the Commission presidency.

  • National parties should make known their affiliation to European political parties.

  • Election broadcasts should feature the candidate that party is backing for the Commission presidency.


New european parliament 2014 2019

New European Parliament 2014-2019

  • Number of MEPs

  • Current EP: 766 MEPs (754 + 12 for Croatia which joined in 2013).

  • After the 2014 elections: reduced to 751 MEPs (Article 14(2) TEU).

  • First plenary will take place in the first week of July 2014


Composition of the new ep

Composition of the new EP

  • “Anti-European” parties expected to gain 50 – 150 MEPs.

  • High turn-over rate of MEPs expected: only 1/3 MEPS likely to stay.


Ii european commission

II) European Commission

  • 28 new Commissioners and their cabinets.

  • President of the Commission will be nominated by the Council, then elected by EP

  • Re-structuring of General Directorates?

  • How will consumer protection policy and - lawbestructured ? ( now split between DG SANCO and DG JUST)


Institutional timeline in 2014 source of infograph burson marsteller

Institutional timeline in 2014 source of infograph: Burson Marsteller


Key points in timeline 2014

Key points in timeline 2014

  • 22-25 May: European Parliament elections

  • XX June: new MEPS meet

  • 26-27 June: European Council nominates Commission President

  • 01-03 July: First Plenary Session

  • 14-17 July: Plenary session -> election of Commission President

  • August: Commission President selects team with national leaders

  • 22 September to 01 October: EP hearings of Commissioners designate

  • 20-23 October: EP Plenary session – approval of new European Commission

  • 01 November: European Commisison takes office

  • 01 December: New President of the European Council takes office


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Election manifesto: Timeline

  • December 2012: Communications expert meeting

  • January 2013: Application EC grant

  • May 2013: Decision EC & discussion executive on approach

  • July/August 2013: Member survey key issues

  • September 2013: Executive meeting & discussion approach

  • October 2013: Information to executive about topics & structure


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Election manifesto: Structure

  • Consumer policy in Europe – setting the scene

    • Short analysis past 5 years

    • BEUC Vision: Single Market = partial reality

  • Consumer priorities for EP legislature

    • 4 priorities with focus on flagship campaigns

    • Financial services: Deliver products & services consumers really need

    • Consumer rights: Consumers deserve durable goods

    • Digital rights: Online discrimination

    • Food: Trust your meat

  • TTIP

    • Our yardstick, Transparency, Investor-State

  • Sustainability

  • Where should the consumer stand in 2019


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Election manifesto: Actions

Text to members => begin December

Publication by BEUC => March

Presentation to key MEP => March – May

EP election debate => before or after elections

Bug push to new MEPS => July


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www.beuc.eu – [email protected]


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