Karim: We need a president for the whole parliament

25-Jun-2014 @ 11:0

Sajjad Karim Sajjad Karim

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

All 751 MEPs should think hard and think as individuals before perpetuating the two-party stitch-up method of deciding the presidency of the European Parliament.

That is the key message from ECR-Group MEP Sajjad Karim, who is contesting the presidency as a voice for democracy, openness and the integrity of individual MEPs.

He is adamant that the traditional, informal system – whereby the parliament's two biggest groups treat the presidency as their own – destroys accountability and worsens the feeling of disconnection between voters and the EU institutions.

He said: "You only have to look at the results of the European election to see that voters are demanding change. Some of them were even driven to the political extremes through disillusionment and sheer frustration.

"Unfortunately the response of the EPP and the S&D to this is a case of 'carry on as usual’.

"They treat the voters like naughty schoolchildren who do not deserve to be heard. They treat their own and other MEPs the same way too. They conspire behind closed doors between themselves to decide who will be the next President of the European Parliament. 

"Voters want us to mend our ways. They want greater transparency, accountability and a clear response to their concerns. The big groups want things to stay just the way they are. They do not want to listen. All they offer is more of the same –locked doors, stitch-ups and backroom deals.

"I want to represent the whole of this Parliament, not the Brussels establishment, not the narrow view of those here who consider themselves the political elite, not those who believe MEPs from smaller groups should have no say.

"I want MEPs to think twice, think hard and think for themselves before they vote for their next President."

"I believe it is vitally important that MEPs should elect a new European Parliament President who represents real change, who is not from the same mould and does not represent the same old names, faces and ideas.

"It is crucial that individual MEPs learn to assert themselves and make their voices heard. They should demand a track record of service and reform. They should make a clear statement against inflexibility and intolerance.

"Our citizens need their MEPs to be brave and visionary. It is our shared future that is ultimately at stake."

 

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