“The future of the EU’s lead-candidate procedure”, Paul Schmidt and Johanna Edthofer (Elcano, Spain)

This analysis proposes the following policy recommendations:

  • The EU Parliament would be well advised to resuscitate and reform the EU’s lead-candidate procedure, which it vehemently claimed and defended until shortly after the European elections of 2019;
  • The EU Parliament should convince the Council of the EU to jointly enforce an electoral reform agenda well before the next European elections in 2024; and
  • Transnational electoral lists could be a key element of this electoral reform, with the European lead-candidates being elected directly, thus further raising public interest in the European elections and increasing the democratic legitimation of the European Commission’s President.

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