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    Since nobody else is willing to do it, I am going to call a European election for June 23-30. Parties and independents have until June 22 to decide a party list and either submit a manifesto to me or post their manifesto in this thread. We will be electing 12 MEPs to the European Parliament. If there are additional active people, we can decide on a European Commission later.

    Timeline:
    June 7 - European election called for June 23-30
    June 22 - Manifesto submission deadline
    June 23 - Election poll opens
    June 30 - Poll closes
    June 31 - Results announced
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    This is a very good idea. If the MEU is to succeed, and I really hope it will, we need to get the ball rolling. I do share Petros' view that the fewer the parties to begin with, the better.
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    Also, Unown Uzer, I think we should start again concerning party membership. If 3 parties are initially created, people can choose from one of those and then decide on a manifesto for their party.
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    (Original post by Quamquam123)
    Also, Unown Uzer, I think we should start again concerning party membership. If 3 parties are initially created, people can choose from one of those and then decide on a manifesto for their party.
    I think we should impose a rule whereby the only parties that may stand are the ones with at least three candidates on their party list.
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    (Original post by Unown Uzer)
    I think we should impose a rule whereby the only parties that may stand are the ones with at least three candidates on their party list.
    Yes, I think that's a good rule. In this thread, do you want to draw up an official timeline of the election? Hopefully Toronto will be able to draw people's attention to the MEU when he sends out the update.

    If you are interested, here are the amount of official numbers of people in each party. Hopefully we will be able to significantly increase these numbers:

    Group of the European Peoples’ Party = 1 member (last active in February) This is a party that should be one of the ones to go

    Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats = 9 members (some of which are very active). This will probably be one of the biggest parties in the MEU

    Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe = 2 members (both are active though so I think this party will survive)

    European Greens-European Free Alliance = 0 members (this will definitely go)

    European Conservatives and Reformists = 3 members (will probably survive)

    European United Left-Nordic Green Left = 2 members (I think this party probably won't survive and may merge with another)

    Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy = 10 members (this will be the other major party)
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    (Original post by Quamquam123)
    Yes, I think that's a good rule. In this thread, do you want to draw up an official timeline of the election? Hopefully Toronto will be able to draw people's attention to the MEU when he sends out the update.

    If you are interested, here are the amount of official numbers of people in each party. Hopefully we will be able to significantly increase these numbers:

    Group of the European Peoples’ Party = 1 member (last active in February) This is a party that should be one of the ones to go

    Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats = 9 members (some of which are very active). This will probably be one of the biggest parties in the MEU

    Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe = 2 members (both are active though so I think this party will survive)

    European Greens-European Free Alliance = 0 members (this will definitely go)

    European Conservatives and Reformists = 3 members (will probably survive)

    European United Left-Nordic Green Left = 2 members (I think this party probably won't survive and may merge with another)Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy = 10 members (this will be the other major party)
    Based on these numbers, it appears that there will be three parties, which is perfect.

    What would you like to include in the timeline?
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    (Original post by Unown Uzer)
    Based on these numbers, it appears that there will be three parties, which is perfect.

    What would you like to include in the timeline?
    The timeline could possibly go like this:

    Day 0 (7 June) – European Election is called. Parties will be notified (I believe toronto is doing this later - you might need to check with him)
    Day 15 (22 June) – All manifesto’s should have been received and they will be posted in a single thread.
    Day 19 (26 June) - Voting opens.
    Day 23 (30 June) – Voting closes and MEPs are elected to the European Parliament.

    Also, seeing as there are just over 25 party members at the moment, I think more than 12 MEPs should be elected.

    In addition to this, I think some sort of MEU Constitution needs to be drawn up. I don't know if Adam has already prepared one or not.
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    Thsi shouldn't happen until the future of this place has been decided.
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    (Original post by Aph)
    Thsi shouldn't happen until the future of this place has been decided.
    It's a bit of a catch 22 but even so, over 25 people have joined. I think that is enough for this to work.
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    To be frank, all of this needs to be discussed, agreed on and finalised before we have an election. This election is too soon. We do not have private subforums. We haven't merged parties yet. We are in no state to run an election yet.

    We haven't even got a constitution yet.
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    (Original post by Quamquam123)
    The timeline could possibly go like this:

    Day 0 (7 June) – European Election is called. Parties will be notified (I believe toronto is doing this later - you might need to check with him)
    Day 15 (22 June) – All manifesto’s should have been received and they will be posted in a single thread.
    Day 19 (26 June) - Voting opens.
    Day 23 (30 June) – Voting closes and MEPs are elected to the European Parliament.

    Also, seeing as there are just over 25 party members at the moment, I think more than 12 MEPs should be elected.

    In addition to this, I think some sort of MEU Constitution needs to be drawn up. I don't know if Adam has already prepared one or not.
    I think there could perhaps be a seven-member European Commission (or more if there are more active members) in addition to the European Parliament. MEPs will not be allowed to be commissioners at the same time. After the election results are announced, European Parliament seats and Commission seats are allocated to the parties using the D'hondt method, and the allocation of the MEPs (i.e. the members of the European Parliament) must follow the party list. An elected MEP may give up his seat to become a commissioner for his party and the next person on the party list will take the vacant seat. This must be done before Parliament opens. The MEPs will need to select the country they represent (from the 28 EU nations), and each country may only be represented by one MEP at the moment. The parties of the commissioners will also need to select the countries their commissioners represent (again, one commissioner max. per country) and also their portfolios (i.e. cabinet positions). The selection of the countries for the MEPs and commissioners and the portfolio selection for the commissioners will be done based the order of the seat allocation using the D'hondt method, so MEPs follow their party list to select their countries. The Parliament and Commission each decide on thier own president. After the commission has decided their president, the Parliament will vote to approve of the commission president.
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    (Original post by PetrosAC)
    To be frank, all of this needs to be discussed, agreed on and finalised before we have an election. This election is too soon. We do not have private subforums. We haven't merged parties yet. We are in no state to run an election yet.

    We haven't even got a constitution yet.
    Perhaps the election could be delayed slightly but not for too long because we need to get this place going.
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    (Original post by Quamquam123)
    Perhaps the election could be delayed slightly but not for too long because we need to get this place going.
    And we can't without all of the above
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    (Original post by Unown Uzer)
    I think there could perhaps be a seven-member European Commission (or more if there are more active members) in addition to the European Parliament. MEPs will not be allowed to be commissioners at the same time. After the election results are announced, European Parliament seats and Commission seats are allocated to the parties using the D'hondt method, and the allocation of the MEPs (i.e. the members of the European Parliament) must follow the party list. An elected MEP may give up his seat to become a commissioner for his party and the next person on the party list will take the vacant seat. This must be done before Parliament opens. The MEPs will need to select the country they represent (from the 28 EU nations), and each country may only be represented by one MEP at the moment. The parties of the commissioners will also need to select the countries their commissioners represent (again, one commissioner max. per country) and also their portfolios (i.e. cabinet positions). The selection of the countries for the MEPs and commissioners and the portfolio selection for the commissioners will be done based the order of the seat allocation using the D'hondt method, so MEPs follow their party list to select their countries. The Parliament and Commission each decide on thier own president. After the commission has decided their president, the Parliament will vote to approve of the commission president.
    Right. I am currently trying to find out the current situation with the MEU Constitution.
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    Since we haven't even decided whether we want the MEU to proceed, I am going to lock this thread for now. Should the MEU be approved, I will then consult with QC about a timetable for moving forward with this project.
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    I have spoke to QC in the last few minutes; and she has also agreed that no election should take place until the close of Toronto's poll.

    Lets see the outcome of it, then we move forward!
 
 
 
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