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Proposal for Spring Congress 05. - 07. April 2019

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Submitted at Monday, 4. March 2019 um 09:37 Uhr, in category "Chapter 1 - EU Institutions and Institutional Reform" with No. 101. Author/s: "Joventut Nacionalista de Catalunya (Quim Quatrecasas), Fédération des Etudiants Libéraux, Jonge Democraten.

The Spring Congress may decide:

Democracy at the Doorstep

Keywords: Democracy

Considering that:  

  • In early summer 2018, the European Parliament green-lighted the first reform of European electoral law in decades, which included several interesting changes such as the promotion of electronic voting or making it easier for EU citizens residing abroad to vote in European elections;
  • disaffection with politics, particularly but by no means exclusively among young people, is one of the driving forces behind falling turnout and the rise of extremism in many parts of the Western world, while politicians are increasingly viewed as distant and out of touch with voters;
  • the geographic and demographic size of European constituencies has a real impact on these perceptions and the closeness between politicians and their voters; constituencies that are too large deprive people of any meaningful connection to their politicians, whereas constituencies that are too small result in extremely high effective electoral thresholds that also harm European democracy;
  • some EU Member States are looking at importing certain voter registration requirements from the United States; while ostensibly done to prevent voter fraud, in practice these measures are used to reduce turnout among certain demographic segments; and
  • a true European political sphere is a conditio sine qua non for the rise of a European demos.

Recalling that: 

  • the 2018 LYMEC Spring Congress passed a resolution calling for increased democratic rights for EU citizens living in EU Member States other than the one in which they hold citizenship.

LYMEC:

  • reiterates its determination to fight apathy towards politics among young people;
  • calls on EU Member States to ensure that the 2024 and subsequent European elections are held using constituencies whose geographic and demographic size ensures a meaningful connection between voters and their representatives, while avoiding excessively small constituencies that lead to very high effective electoral thresholds;
  • rejects any attempt to reduce voter turnout among certain demographic segments under the pretence of fighting voter fraud; and
  • emphasises the importance of transnational lists in European elections for the rise of a European demos.

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1.27 Resolution on the European electoral system

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Amendments for this proprosal:

  • [11322] Insert in: Page 1, Line 36 (Antragsteller: LHG (Esther Steverding)). / V1

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 09:25 Uhr. Authors: "LHG (Esther Steverding)".

    - calls for the use of proportional representation.

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  • [11339] Replace: Page 3, Line 9 to Page 3, Line 9 (Antragsteller: LYMEC Bureau - Antoaneta Asenova). / V1

    On line 9, after the words "and the rise of" - replace the word "extremism" with "extreme forces". Makes the text clearer, "extremism" has a bi-fold meaning.

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 10:23 Uhr. Authors: "LYMEC Bureau - Antoaneta Asenova".

    and the rise of extreme forces in many parts of the Western world

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  • [11260] Replace: Page 3, Line 10 to Page 3, Line 10, Abschnitt: 1 (Antragsteller: Bálint Gyévai (IMS)). / V1

    Europe to replace Western world

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 22:01 Uhr. Authors: "Bálint Gyévai (IMS)".

    Europe 

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  • [11334] Replace: Page 3, Line 10 to Page 3, Line 10 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 09:57 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    the words "the Western world" with "the EU"

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  • [11335] Replace: Page 3, Line 19 to Page 3, Line 19 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 09:58 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    the word "are" with "can be"

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  • [11307] Insert after: Page 3, Line 31 (Antragsteller: JUNOS - Junge Liberale NEOS). / V1

    add this to paragraph (after "thresholds")

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 08:05 Uhr. Authors: "JUNOS - Junge Liberale NEOS".

    except in cases this is done to protect language minorities

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