Why I am running for European Parliament presidency
Romanian MEP Laurentiu Rebega wants to become president of the European Parliament. He will face huge resistance by the European mainstream parties. Here are his own words about the situation.
Published: January 16, 2017, 12:28 pm
Today’s Europe is facing uncommon challenges. There are risks, there are threats and there are opportunities. Such turmoil has always existed, but the instability of our world seems to grow gradually, from year to year and the citizens feel that we are in a crisis to which we do not see an end.
In the last decade and more recently, the European Union has experienced and is still facing a number of complicated economic, social or political crises. The European institutions have not come up with sustainable solutions for these crises, but offered mostly palliative ones.
The decisions of the European Parliament are far from the understanding of the majority of citizens. The bureaucracy of the European Parliament acts as a leveller without taking into account the particular contexts of the communities. The decision-making mechanisms of the European Parliament are burdensome, rigid and, thus, decisions are difficult to rectify.
The Europe of Nations and Freedom Group (ENF) entrusted me to be its candidate for the presidency of the European Parliament. For me it was a difficult decision. I am a young politician, I am at my first term as a MEP, and I come from a country where I do not have a strong political party to support my actions. However, after 10 years of EU membership, Romania is still one of the poorest countries in Europe, and people in my country are more and more euroskeptical.
I took this decision because I am concerned about the increasing distance between the European institutions and the interests of our citizens. As I said, it was not an easy decision, but I received the support of all my colleagues from the ENF Group.
I believe that a better Europe could only be built with stronger nations! Cooperating nations, not dominated nations!
What is important is to avoid mistakes and blunders from the past. The parliament has to be a barometer of the real state of our citizens. When I say barometer, I refer to the fact that we need to understand the European realities from a qualitative point of view with a clear vision towards the future and not from a quantitative perspective only, which might be biased. The quantitative analysis before Brexit is an example in this regard.
It is true that the president of the EU does not have a large area of attributions, but he/ she can maintain a certain equilibrium between the several opinions existing at the European Parliament. Small political groups are usually disadvantaged in comparison to the bigger ones. The domination of two big groups is not beneficial to this institution, and this situation is not very democratic. Therefore, I believe that at the Conference of Presidents, the future president of the European Parliament has to act in a very balanced way and connect the debates taking place in this House to the realities lived by our citizens.
I think also that the EP has to be more active in firmly opposing the Commission’s slippages.
As for the general situation of Europe, I think the reaction to UK referendum is symptomatic: the Brexit vote happened, but the European leaders seem to be paralyzed, confused and not even a move toward a reform of the Union was put into discussion. My role as a candidate for EP presidency is to open a real dialogue about this endless crisis and to look for the way to solve them! For instance, one way to build a new Europe is a close cooperation of patriotic movements all across EU. On this matter, I salute the meeting between National Front, FPO, Lega Nord, PVV and AfD in Koblenz, Germany, on 21 of January, in an historical event where I am invited to participate too. I think this is the way to build the new force of nations in Europe, because only together the believers in sovereignty will be able to vanquish those who want to destroy our identities and values!
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