But for that, we also need a more European electoral system. The discussion with the audience addressed the European constituency and European citizenship as well as transnational lists and their risks and benefits. Mr Leinen pointed out that he felt disappointed when a majority of MEPs voted against transnational lists, as proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron.
Transnational lists would make European parties' candidates electable in all Member States, complementing the "Spitzenkandidaten" initiative, explained Jo Leinen. The candidates should be known at least 3 months before the elections, including those who will run for the office of President of the European Commission. Elections would become more transparent, as candidates will be visible and known beforehand by the electorate, instead of being chosen by EU leaders behind "closed doors".
In her closing remarks, Maria Heider, Director EU Affairs at METRO AG Corporate Communications and Public Policy, emphasized the importance of democracy for businesses, but also the crucial role that companies and other democratic stakeholders play in supporting and improving the democratic system of the European Union. The evening concluded with lively conversations between our guests over the culinary delights offered by METRO Cash & Carry Belgium.