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Founder of European Democracy Consulting https://t.co/7ZDnY586Fu 🇪🇺 | President of https://t.co/XY9CwRuvuY - @EurConstitution 📜 | Member @VoltEuropa & @Mieux_Voter 🗳
Apr 14, 2021 8 tweets 9 min read
National parties have an obligation to display their affiliation to #europeanparties. Yet, they often fail to do so properly.
Our new *𝛌ogos project* reviewed 264 websites to assess & improve compliance. #LogosProject #europeandemocracy
👉eudemocracy.eu/logos-project 🇪🇺 National parties have an obligation to display their affilia Despite their obligation to do so, many affiliated parties do not display the logo of the European party on their webpage.
Rest assured, their #europeanparties still receive EU public funding. #LogosProject #europeandemocracy
👉 eudemocracy.eu/logos-project 🇪🇺 Despite their obligation to do so, many affiliated parties d
Sep 24, 2020 29 tweets 19 min read
🔥Today, @Europarl_EN's Committee on Constitutional Affairs (#AFCO) will discuss #transnationallists. Here is why they may not be the good idea we think they are. A thread 👇 1/25
@EPInstitutional @Antonio_Tajani @guyverhofstadt @sandrogozi @d_boeselager @daniel_freund @inside_ep Many have endorsed TNLs as the way to make our elections more #European, from pro-#EU groups (@federalists, @EMInternational), to politicians (@EmmanuelMacron, @vonderleyen) & advocates (@jonworth, @alemannoEU, @AndrewDuffEU). They argue TNLs will bring a European dimension. 2/25
Sep 16, 2020 4 tweets 3 min read
I have a feeling this tweet will soon be quite applicable to @vonderleyen’s State of the Union.
#SOTEU 🇪🇺 ✅ Health Union: check
✅ Economic and Monetary Union: check
✅ Capital Markets Union: check
✅ Industrial Union: check
Getting there!
Sep 7, 2020 5 tweets 6 min read
.@vonderleyen poised to interview @MaireadMcGMEP & @AMcDowell early this week. For which job? Unclear! Maybe @dreynders gets trade portfolio... or sth else in case of reshuffle!
Such is the absurdity of the “1 country-1 commissioner” rule. #IamEuropean
politico.eu/newsletter/bru… Of course, "the @EU_Commission shall be completely independent" and "the members of the Commission shall neither seek nor take instructions from any Government". (Art. 17.3 TEU #LisbonTreaty). So there should be no need for #1country1commissioner rule. #IamEuropean 🇪🇺
Aug 31, 2020 8 tweets 4 min read
When we talk about simplifying administrative processes (#smartstate), we don't mean "big" things, just a collection of small things that contribute to making people's lives needlessly more complicated, especially abroad. Here's a silly example with a birth registration. 👇 1/7 A child is born in #Austria and registered with local authorities. Local authorities issue, for free, an original Austrian birth certificate in German and are thoughtful enough to include, for free, an original international birth certificate in multiple languages. 2/7
Jun 26, 2020 15 tweets 16 min read
Today, European Democracy Consulting lodged an official complaint with the @EUombudsman against the Authority for #EuropeanParties over its implementation of transparency requirements.

Why is this important? A short thread 👇 1/14
eudemocracy.eu/edc-takes-auth… The APPF was set up in 2014 to register, control and sanction European parties & foundations. It is the #EU’s party monitoring body and watchdog. As such, it has a key role for anything relating to #EuropeanParties. 2/14
appf.europa.eu/appf/en/author…
Jun 20, 2020 4 tweets 3 min read
Brilliant and must-read piece on the distinction between European sovereignty and #Europeandemocracy, and the importance of the latter.
By @nicolasleron via @GEG_org (non-French speakers 👉 Deepl). 1/4
legrandcontinent.eu/fr/2020/05/25/… TL:DR The call for a European sovereignty will not solve the EU's continued problems & crises. Only the construction of a true #Europeandemocracy, based on a real fiscal & budgetary capacity, can give EU citizens the means to decide & act. No representation without taxation. 2/4
Jun 18, 2020 10 tweets 6 min read
Interesting report by @EPInstitutional & @PDurandOfficiel on #EP2019 elections, in particular on the need for more #genderbalance, reform of @EUCouncil and of the #spitzenkandidat system, and the role of #Europeanparties.
BUT.... a short thread 👇 1/9
europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document… #Genderbalance is essential and political parties must be required to submit *gender-alternate* lists, where no two consecutive candidates can be of the same gender. This is one more reason to harmonise voting modalities at the EU level and not leave them up to Member States. 2/9
Dec 21, 2019 11 tweets 7 min read
Interesting read about #EmmanuelMacron's vision for Europe and concept of European power, by @RymMomtaz via @POLITICOEurope.
A few comments in this thread👇 #IamEuropean 🇪🇺
politico.eu/article/emmanu… "The idea was to create a strategy of influence, which means we can [...] write papers with other countries." Then why don't you? Why the total opposition to #Spitzenkandidat and not reform it? Why the solo position on #NorthMacedonia? Or the solo tribune before #EUelections?
Dec 19, 2019 6 tweets 6 min read
.@VMalingre notes (via @lemondefr) that 3 #EU States have #French as official language, but only 2 have #English (post #Brexit). Should French replace English as the default language in EU institutions? 🇪🇺 Quick thread on voting systems👇 #IamEuropean
lemonde.fr/international/… A simple first-past-the-post vote in the @EUCouncil on which language to use would probably see each country voting for its own language. 3 would vote for French 🇫🇷, 2 for English 🇬🇧. French wins. But, can we really expect this decision to be consensual and accepted?
Dec 12, 2019 4 tweets 5 min read
🔥Thread for those not well-versed in #EU topics.
"The EU" (@EU_Commission) proposes a #GreenDeal to make the EU carbon-neutral by 2050, and "the EU" (@Europarl_EN) seems to support it. Now, "countries" (@EUCouncil) need to support it. #IamEuropean
politico.eu/article/the-co… So, let's be clear: if this #GreenDeal fails, or passes in a watered-down version that empties it from its substance, it will not be "the EU"'s fault; it will be on "the countries". National leaders, currently attending a Council meeting, are the make-or-break force. #IamEuropean
Dec 2, 2019 4 tweets 5 min read
Yesterday, the Presidents of the #EuropeanParliament, #EuropeanCommission, #EuropeanCouncil and #ECB celebrated the 10 years of the #LisbonTreaty. It marked a step forward, yet the #EU remains blocked by unanimity and has not strengthened its democracy.
10 years after the #LisbonTreaty and despite a provision to the contrary, we are still forced to have exactly one Commissioner per Member State -- with no considerations for the efficiency of our #EU governance.
Nov 28, 2019 4 tweets 4 min read
" 'No treaty changes' was supported by almost everyone, except France and Germany" at EU ambassadors' meeting.
Because of course Member States oppose #treatychange which would undoubtedly shift power to #EUParliament. Such short-sightedness! #IamEuropean
politico.eu/article/eu-amb… EU ambassadors also expressed the fear that "the whole process [would] be hijacked by the European Parliament". Yes, god forbid that the people's representatives (recently elected during our only #European election) lead a process on European affairs! #IamEuropean
Nov 12, 2019 6 tweets 9 min read
A recent @OefzCfa conference on the #EU's #EastWestDivide led me to dig a little deeper on the distribution of #EUTopJob and #EUagencies. Here are some simple graphs and take-aways.
👉Overall conclusion, there is a clear lack of representation of #EasternEurope and #CentralEurope ImageImageImage Between 2009 and 2019, #Poland is the only non-Western European country to have held an #EUTopJob. The incoming team is composed exclusively of Western/Southern Europeans. #vonderleyen (years indicated are years of nomination) #EastWestDivide Image
Sep 15, 2019 8 tweets 4 min read
"S’il y a une leçon à retenir, c’est que le progrès humain n’est pas linéaire. Le progrès humain est un combat, et il doit s’appuyer sur une analyse des évolutions historiques passées." Extrait du nouveau livre de @PikettyLeMonde 1/8
lemonde.fr/economie/artic… "Les sociétés sociales-démocrates au XXe ont démontré que l’inégalité patrimoniale extrême du XIXe siècle n’était aucunement indispensable pour assurer la stabilité et la prospérité et que peuvent se construire des idéologies et des mouvements novateurs." @PikettyLeMonde 2/8
Sep 3, 2019 4 tweets 3 min read
Listening to Foreign Min @TyttiTup explain the Finnish priorities for its presidency of the EU, I can only wonder... how do we continue to tolerate the rotating presidency of the @EUCouncil?! What gives Finland (or any country) the legitimacy to impose... 1/4 #eu2019fi its priorities on the whole of the EU? These governments may be elected at home, but not at the EU level. Their only claim to these responsibilities is an agreement among Member States that completely bypasses any principle of democracy and accountability. 2/4 #eu2019fi
Jul 9, 2019 17 tweets 9 min read
For #GeorgeWashington, Great Britain waged a tariff war against the US, believing US States "never could unite in opposition to it". Until proven otherwise, the US would remain "in a ridiculous point of view in the eyes of the nations of the earth". Sounds familiar? #EUisthenewUS In 1783, #Hamilton noted that "the road to popularity in each state is to inspire jealousy of the power of Congress, though nothing can be more apparent that [Congress has] no power." Sounds familiar? #EuroBashing #EuropeanParliament #EUisthenewUS
Jul 2, 2019 4 tweets 5 min read
⁉️Can't find a common ground with your colleagues? Can't close your deal? We've got you covered!
➡️Introducing #MajorityJudgment! The best way to find the most consensual decision. Now comes in blue and yellow, special #EUCO-@donaldtusk edition.
jugementmajoritaire.net/vote/65447462e… People from @VoltEuropa, @mieux_voter, @GreensEP, @EPP, @PES_PSE, @RenewEurope, want to try it out? #EUCO
May 25, 2019 4 tweets 5 min read
“Democracy is not some abstract concept, but something people vividly and instinctively feel.” Ahead of electoral Sunday 🇪🇺, let's chat about #democracy, how we have been failing at it, and how we can do better! #EP2019 #EUelections2019 #ElectionsUE19
medium.com/@louis_drounau… @jonhenley @jonworth @florianeder @maiadelabaume @Smart_Democracy @Kader_Sevinc @VoltEuropa
Apr 3, 2019 5 tweets 5 min read
Belle discussion sur la #mobilité européenne et la #jeunesse avec @ColombeCS et @HerrUndSpeer organisée par @Europa_Nova ! Image "Chaque année, environ 5,5 millions de jeunes atteignent l'âge de 18 ans. @FreeInterrail veut leur donner une chance de découvrir l'#Europe et notre #culture européenne" @HerrUndSpeer
Mar 23, 2019 5 tweets 5 min read
"La cible des nationalistes n'est pas telle ou telle règle communautaire, mais bien l'Union européenne elle-même."
- @PaoloGentiloni, former Italian Prime Minister
#Europeennes2019 #Rome #VoteVolt Image "La démocratie illibérale - sans Etat de droit, sans protection des minorités - n'est pas la #démocratie. Monsieur #Orban, vous allez contre les valeurs de l'Union européenne !"@PaoloGentiloni