As the Commission is aware, in a letter dated 22 April 2016, the Presidents of three European political parties: the European People’s Party, the Party of European Socialists and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party requested that some provisions of Regulation (EU, EURATOM) No 1141/2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations be reviewed.
Parliament’s Bureau has also endorsed, and sent to the Committee on Constitutional Affairs for its consideration, a report prepared by its Secretary-General, which addresses some issues that remain unanswered by this regulation, which succeeded Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003.
Among the questions and proposals raised in the letter and in the report, which bring up particular concerns of AFCO members, are the following:
– a reduction of the 15 % co-financing obligation (Article 17(4) of Regulation 1141/2014) and a limitation of contributions in kind;
– an increase of the requirement to be represented by at least one MEP (Article 17(1) of Regulation 1141/2014);
– extending the scope of the prohibition of cross-membership of MEPs (Article 17(3) of Regulation 1141/2014);
– permission for the financing of referendum campaigns;
– the introduction of a financial capacity criterion;
– strengthening control over the respect by European political parties of the fundamental values of the EU;
– permission for reserve building.
1. Is the Commission willing to address these questions with Parliament?
2. Would the Commission be willing to consider presenting a legislative proposal addressing the issues identified by Parliament, as well as other issues that it deems pertinent or which might arise from dialogue with Parliament? If so, within what time limits?