Thursday 19 March 2009;
La Fondation Universitaire, Brussels
EU-CONSENT and TEPSA are organising a conference “The 2009 EP Elections: Discussing Ways of Enhancing Democracy, Legitimacy and Institutional Balance” in Brussels, 19 March 2009. This conference relates to an initiative from the Istituto Affari Internazionali that organised a workshop in Turin in January 2009. The workshop was called ‘How to better involve citizens in the European integration process. Evaluations and proposals in view of the upcoming European Parliament elections’ and targeted the discussion of four papers on the EP; the European Political parties; the European Electoral programme and the EP’s role with regard to the election of the President and the European Commission. Participating think tanks in this workshop were the IEP, Berlin, the IAI, Rome, Notre Europe, Paris, The Federal Trust London and TEPSA.
As follow-up to this conference Mr. Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa has drafted a declaration on the EP’s role within the election process of the President and the Commission. This “Call on Political Parties, EU candidates and future MEPs” shall be presented and discussed to/with representatives of European Political Parties and the EP on 19 March 2009.
Prior to the presentation of the declaration EU-CONSENT and any other interested researcher is warmly invited to discuss different aspect of the EP elections in greater detail.