DE-REGISTRATION OF EUROPARTIES?

Our reasoned request to the EP to verify EPP’s continuing compliance with EU Values

Regardless of the outcome of the Article 7 procedure initiated by the European Parliament against Hungary, the EPP might face de-registration as a European Political Party.

Brussels, 11 September 2018 – The attached letter by The Good Lobby’s founder Prof. Alberto Alemanno and  Prof. Laurent Pech was sent earlier today to the European Parliament. In their letter, Professors Alemanno and Pech call on the European Parliament to request from the Authority for European Political Parties and European Political Foundations that it verifies the European’s People Party’s compliance with values on which the Union is founded (Article 2 TEU).

For Professors Alberto Alemanno and Laurent Pech, there is ample evidence that the European’s People Party (EPP) has failed to comply with the conditions for registration laid down in the EU Regulation on the statute and funding of European political parties, since at least the adoption in 2013 of the so-called Tavares report on the situation of fundamental rights in Hungary and which already warned against a “clear risk of a serious breach of the values referred to in Article 2 TEU”.

This is why they call on the European Parliament to ask the Authority to immediately request from the so-called committee of independent eminent persons an opinion on a possible “manifest and serious breach of the values on which the EU is founded” by the European’s People Party (EPP) in light of its persistent failure to take any meaningful action or adopt any sanction against Fidesz, Hungary’s ruling party and a member of the EPP. It would then for the Authority to subsequently verify, on the basis of opinion of the committee of independent eminent persons, whether the EPP should be deregistered as a European political party.

Explainer: Upon the request of the European Parliament,  the Council or the Commission, the Authority for European Political Parties and European Political Foundations has the power to check whether a European political party or foundation is observing the basic European values laid down in Article 2 TEU. 

Yet also a “group of citizens” may draw the attention of the European Parliament and the Authority to open an investigation that may lead to deregistering a European Political Party – but only in the event of “manifest and serious breach” of those values – with the effect of limiting its political operation and denying access to funding.

This legal avenue that has not been tried before. It is offered by the little-known and untried Regulation No 1141/2014 on the Statute and Funding of European Political Parties and European Political Foundations as amended by Regulation 2018/673.

Our letter asked the European Parliament to:

  • request an opinion by the committee of eminent experts on the EPP’s continuing compliance with Article 2 TEU
  • adopt a Decision in case of “manifest and serious breach of the values on which the EU is founded”.

As Hungary is facing a vote in the European Parliament that could lead to it being stripped of voting rights in the Council of the EU, it is a break-or-make-it moment for the European People Party: will its MEPs dismiss or defend Hungarian’s ruling party Fidesz?

Yet the real question behind such a vote is how this will impact on the European People’s Party in the run-up to next year’s European elections.

Regardless of the outcome of the Article 7 procedure initiated by the European Parliament against Hungary, the EPP might face de-registration as a European Political Party.

 

Please find the letter addressed to the Authority here: 

Letter Verification of Compliance under Article 10(3) c Regulation 1141_2014 as amended by (1)

(Click on the preview to download the pdf file)

For more information, please contact:

Alberto Alemanno | alemanno@hec.fr

 

 

2018-09-11T16:31:46+00:00September 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|

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