European political parties: MEPs set to approve new funding rules
New rules to ensure proper use of public money when funding European political parties and foundations will be put to a vote on Tuesday.
The proposed regulation would prohibit individuals from creating European parties - allowing only national parties to do so. This is to prevent individual members of a national party from forming more than one European party in order to maximise access to public funds.
The European Parliament should also be better able to recover amounts unduly paid and individuals guilty of fraud would become liable to pay back misspent funds.
Vote: Tuesday 17 April
Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure