The Emergence of a Transnational European Party System
a much more democratic and transnational kind of debate. The European Parliamentâ€™s position will be greatly strengthened as a result. And it is evident that the role of the European parties will also grow as a result of this process. This debate, and the process of reaching agreement and consensus, will be played out through the structures made available by the transnational parties. The statute adopted in June 2003 gave formal shape to the European parties. It gave an enormous boost to their significance. But another longer-term effect is likely to be the normalisation of the European Union system, which we can expect to become both more democratic and more federal.
Thomas Jansen is a former Secretary General of the European Peopleâ€™s Party (1983â€“94).
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