Year XXXV, Number 1, March 2022
Daniel Freund takes over the Presidency of the Spinelli Group in the European Parliament
As of 1 November, MEP Daniel Freund (Greens/EFA) will take over the presidency of the Spinelli Group from MEP Brando Benifei (Social-Democrats (S&D)). The Spinelli Group is a network of 72 federalist-minded Members of the European Parliament aiming to reinvigorate the endeavour for strengthening and democratizing the European Union.
Daniel Freund, new President of the Spinelli Group, comments:
“I would like to thank Brando Benifei for his great work as president, pushing for a more federal Europe. As Spinelli Group, we want to use the Conference on the Future of Europe to inoculate our continental democracy with strong reforms against overstretching in next crises. We want strong reforms for truly European elections, EU investments in a digital and climate-friendly future, a Europe that speaks with one voice in the world. We invite all to join our campaign to make Europe stronger by making it more democratic!
The EU is being held back by antiquated decision-making processes. We need to get rid of unanimity in the EU Council and we have to push for own initiative rights for the European Parliament. With a European second vote for transnational lists, we could make sure citizens have a stronger say on which lead candidate is the next Commission President in 2024. We have to make clear that more democracy is the answer to the current crises rocking the European Union."