- “The establishment of full-fledged and mature Pan-European parties is essential to facilitate democratic standards on the European political platform.”
Institutional changes in the EU treaties show a positive tendency in empowering party-political activity, ever since the Maastricht Treaty first made a reference to europarties in 1992. In 2003 (in Regulation (EC) 2004/2003) the EU adopted a European political party statue by defining what a “political party at European level” is, and by setting out laws concerning their funding. And indeed while several successive legislations have provided for the growing importance of europarties, yet more is needed. The fully required legal architecture to deliver a direct link between the EU’s political institutions and the “political will of the citizens of the Union” is still in need of development.
Sir Graham Watson was Member of the European Parliament from 1994 to 2014, leader of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament from 2002 to 2009 and president of the ALDE Party from 2011 to 2015.