Regulation 1141/2014 (on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations) might not sound particularly interesting, but it’s pretty important. It represents a chance for the European Parliament to present reform proposals for European parties, and it’s currently under review. Oft-forgotten and underutilised, European Parties could be very influential in shaping the future of European democracy, if treated right by policymakers. In this article, I explain what European parties are, what they should be doing, and how we can work towards more forward-thinking, influential European parties.
Originally published at https://accidentaleuropean.com on April 28, 2021.