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"Mr President, despite the fact that this Parliament has been directly elected for 35 years, we are still something of a novelty. We have extensive legislative and budgetary powers and powers of control and we enjoy using such powers, but we are accused of lacking democratic legitimacy. National political parties and parliaments have found it quite hard to adapt to the installation of a rival parliament at the federal level. The media tend to follow national parliaments not us. European political parties barely function as proper campaigning organisations. Candidates for this place are picked and sustained by parties at the national and not European level. It is not a surprise in these circumstances to find that turnout at our elections has declined, leading many to claim that this great experiment here in transnational or even post-national democracy is failing. So can we make the elections in 2014 a better experience for the voter and the media? I think, and the committee agrees with me, that we can, by boosting the role of the European political parties, by picking champions who will stand on party platforms and promote their own manifestos for their campaign by competing at the European level for ideas, policies, votes and seats, by spreading the vital party politics that we have on the inside of this House to the wider public, by posing real choices on the make-up of the next Commission, on the pace and style of integration, on the spending programmes of the EU and on Europe’s stance on international affairs. That way, the new Parliament and the new Commission President that we will elect by an absolute majority of this House in July of next year, will have a seriously democratic mandate."@en1
substitute; Delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean Community (2009-09-16--2014-06-30)3
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