Advocacy for truly democratic European elections
Period of implementation: September 1, 2012 – April 31, 2013
The latest European Parliament elections in 2009 showed that Romania registered a very low participation rate, just 27,7% (below the European average of 43%), generating a low interest among Romanian citizens. One of the causes is the form of the election process – namely, the closed party list system – which is used in Romania for the European elections. If the voting system remains unchanged, the European Parliament elections scheduled for 2014 will follow the same scenario, making pre-election debates meaningless and discouraging the open and transparent competition within parties which should select the best representatives.
Within the project “Advocacy for truly democratic European elections”, we aim to draft a series of comparative analysis of the electoral systems used by Member States of the European Union and to make recommendations for ways in which Romania could hold the future EP elections. Moreover, we actively advocate, within an advocacy campaign, for a truly competitive framework in which European elections should take place.
Donor: Foundation for Civil Society Development (FDSC)