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Electoral thresholds will damage the diversity of our parliament

EU electoral law


The European Parliament has today given consent to the reforms to the electoral law of the European Union. The reforms introduce an obligatory threshold of 2 to 5 % for constituencies with more than 35 seats (impacting only Spain and Germany).

Greens/EFA shadow rapporteur Josep-Maria Terricabras comments:

"This unnecessary action will do real damage to European democracy. Every vote in the elections should count but now many voters will have their choice invalidated by an arbitrary threshold.

"Just as diversity is good for our societies, so it is good for our democracy. Shutting smaller parties out will deprive the parliament of the variety that has helped improve legislation and made sure it does not ignore the needs of minorities.”

Greens/EFA transparency and democracy spokesperson Sven Giegold adds:

"For the voters, more has been lost than won. The European Parliament has shown that it is fully functional with small parties so there is no need to curtail the right of voters by putting in place a percentage hurdle.

"The German government is letting Europe do its dirty work on electoral reform. The Federal Constitutional Court has already rejected the threshold, so now the government is enforcing its will at European level."

El Parlamento se niega a profundizar la democracia europea

Ley Electoral Europea


El Parlamento Europeo ha aprobado finalmente el informe sobre la reforma de la ley electoral europea. Una reforma incoherente que no integra ni listas transnacionales ni spitzenkandidaten y se opone al principio de representación pluralista. Además, no contempla medidas de paridad de género.

El vicepresidente del grupo de los Verdes/ALE Josep-Maria TERRICABRAS, ha señalado:

"El Parlamento Europeo está demostrando una vez más su incapacidad para solventar el déficit democrático. Esta reforma, adoptada en favor de los grandes partidos tradicionales, constituirá un obstáculo para la profundización de nuestras democracias. El Parlamento Europeo ha dado la espalda a la idea de una representación pluralista, que entra en contradicción con las expectativas de los ciudadanos. Y también es preocupante que este Parlamento ni siquiera haya intentado convertir la paridad de género en un principio rector de la UE”.