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Slovak President sees mammoths at the European Parliament


02.11.2005, for immediate release

 

The Young European Federalists (JEF-Europe) are astonished about negative remarks regarding the role and the composition of the European Parliament expressed by some European politicians over the few last days. The latest came today from Slovak president Ivan Gasparovic in an interview with the German newspaper Die Welt. 

 

 

“Rather than a money-gorging mammoth, the European Parliament makes a

positive and vital contribution to policy-making and is a sign of the

democratic evolution in the EU. To ask national MPs to look after the

European Parliament disregards this reality and sounds pre-historic,”

responded the newly elected president of JEF-Europe, Jan Seifert.

 

Jan Seifert qualified the critique made by the Slovak president as “a slap

in the faces not only of MEPs from the Slovak Republic but parliamentarians

from all member states serving the European citizens.”

 

“Democratic institutions cannot be a matter of savings. If we start to

pinch and scrape when it comes to the representation of the citizens, we

can start packing up all other democratic mechanisms as well.”

 

Regarding Gasparovic’s comment on the three seats of the European

Parliament, JEF-Europe’s president remarked: “To keep the three places of

work has been a unanimous decision of European governments – and the Slovak

Republic has not objected.”

“Instead of blaming the EP for this institutional failure, Gasparovic

should commit his own government to support any move towards a more

efficient and democratic European Parliament with only one location.”

 

“The EP represents the emerging European demos and it is vital that its

power is strengthened at the same time as the concept of European

citizenship takes shape.”

 

“The model proposed by the Slovak president goes against the idea of Europe

expressed by Monnet, Churchill or Spinelli and makes us wonder: who is

actually the mammoth?”

 


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