Broad support for move to limit European Parliament presidents to two terms.

27-Sep-2016 @ 16:45

Ashley Fox Ashley Fox

Ashley Fox Ashley Fox

Ashley Fox Ashley Fox

Broad support for move to limit European Parliament presidents to two terms.

A call for European Parliament presidents to be limited to two terms in office has been supported by MEPs from six of the parliament's eight political groups.

Members from the ECR, EPP, ALDE, GUE/NGL, Greens/EFA and EFDD groups are amongst the 50 to sign an amendment submitted by Conservative MEP leader Ashley Fox to the revised rules of procedure being drawn up by the Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee via the Corbett report.

Only the S&D and ENF groups are not represented.

The amendment states: "Members shall be permitted to serve a maximum of two terms in the office of President ...which may be served consecutively or with interruption."

It would include terms already served and so, if approved, would prevent current Parliament President Martin Schulz from standing for re-election for a third two-and-a-half year term in January.

Mr Fox said: "I am pleased the amendment has achieved such broad, cross group support.

"Limiting presidents to terms in office would ensure we promote fresh leadership and bring the Parliament into line with the European Council, where such a limit already applies.

"At a time when we are criticising the concentration of power within a number of countries around the world, we feel that this amendment would not only promote fresh leadership but also showcase the democratic values of this House and encourage checks and balances on one of our most visible representatives."

The amendment will be considered by the Constitutional Affairs Committee before being voted on by the full parliament, probably in December.

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