ELECTED AND ACCOUNTABLE COUNCIL ACT
Proposed by Cllr. Edward Firoux (Inquista) :: Passed (4-1), January 19th, 2020 :: Unamended
According to the values enshrined in the Preamble of our Constitution, the European Union is dedicated to promoting democracy and good governance. As the primary legislative branch of the European Union, the European Council is the greatest bastion and gatekeeper of democracy and democratic decision-making in Europe. In order to therefore legitimize itself as a fully democratic institution, and to make itself accountable to the European people, the European Council shall become a democratically-elected body chosen directly by the people of the European Union.
SECTION I. DEMOCRATIZATION OF THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL
I. All members of the European Council, also known as Councillors, shall be directly and democratically elected to office by the people of their member state of origin.
II. The governments of European Union member states may not appoint or dismiss their Councillor without following an official democratic process outlined in this Act.
SECTION II. COUNCILLOR ELECTION PROCESSES
I. Councillors may only (re)take their office within the European Council after satisfying a democratic processes in which all following conditions are met:
a) A state-wide election was held to specifically choose who would fill the position of Councillor;
b) The electorate directly voted for Councillor candidates on their ballot(s);
c) Suffrage was universal and equal to all citizens that were of the legal voting age;
d) The election process was generally seen as free and fair;
e) Candidates for Councillor were able to freely nominate themselves;
f) They successfully received the most votes at the end of the official voting process.
II. Member states shall be responsible for organizing, monitoring and fulfilling their own Councillor elections. Member states shall also be allowed to freely design and implement their own democratic procedures, rules and processes for electing their Councillor as long as all conditions for choosing a successful Councillor in Clause I of this Section are met.
III. Councillor elections must be regular and must occur at least once every four years.
IV. It is encouraged that member states elect their Councillor one month after they elect their national legislatures, or they elect their Councillor during the official European Council Election period.
SECTION III. EUROPEAN COUNCIL ELECTION PERIOD
I. An official European Council Election period will be held simultaneously with the first European Commission election of each calendar year. This period shall simply serve as a coordinated effort to harmonize Councillor elections simultaneously between European Union member states and does not require mandatory observance.
SECTION IV. TERM LIMITS, VACANCIES AND BY-ELECTIONS
I. Councillors shall not face any term limits and may run for re-election an unlimited amount of times.
II. Councillors may be dismissed or recalled by their government following a simple-majority vote in the highest-decision making body of that member state.
III. Should a Councillor resign, die, be dismissed, recalled or removed from office by any means, a by-election will automatically be triggered and must be held as quickly as feasibly possible to refill the vacant position.
IV. By-elections must follow the exact same procedures, rules and processes as the original election that was previously held.
SECTION V. IMPLEMENTATION AND ENFORCEMENT
I. All incumbent Councillors who have currently been elected in a direct and democratic way shall be recognized as democratically elected to office.
II. All incumbent Councillors who have been appointed or indirectly selected by their government to office shall not be recognized as democratically elected, and an election for their position must be held within the next four years.
III. Any members state which violates any section of this Act, or any Councillor which continues to be unelected for four years, will be considered as having breached this Act and will have their Councillor suspended from the European Council by the European Court of Justice.
Debate on this bill starts NOW and will last until 22:45 GMT January 26th, 2020.
I have quite a few thoughts on this bill and will share them in just a moment.
Council Speaker and Councillor for Inquista
The Apostolic Crown of Angleter's strong and clear rejection of this Act has been both noted and heard. It is very regrettable that Councillor Cruthin has resigned as a consequence, and that Angleter will not have a councillor in the foreseeable future. Councillor Cruthin has made many invaluable contributions within the Council since taking office, much like many of Angleter's distinguished Councillors that preceded him. Angleteric Councillors have long been an asset to the European Union by providing sound and fair judgement during all Council debates, as well as by being very active participants in all Council procedures. Angleter's lack of presence will definitely leave the Council weaker and worse-off. I therefore extend my hand to the government of the Apostolic Crown and would like to meet with them in the coming weeks, either in Europolis or in New Birmingham, to resolve this impasse as well as other impasses.
Council Speaker and Councillor for Inquista
Voting is officially over.
With 4 votes, Edward Firoux is elected as Speaker of the European Council.
Also with 4 votes, Marion Rousselot is elected as Deputy Speaker of the European Council.
Thanks to all who participated in voting. Good luck to the Speaker and Deputy Speaker in their new terms.
"This is a really important question, so thank you for relaying this question to me.
"I define leadership as a willingness to listen to others, to respect and to work with those who may disagree with you, and to have the ability to build bridges to those who feel isolated and feel that their voices and abilities are underutilized. To me, leadership is ultimately about bringing out the best in everyone and empowering everyone to work together towards a common goal. Leadership is about empowering one another to take action. That's how we get things done.
"Truthfully, I do not see the Speaker's position as a leadership role in of itself. I am keenly aware that it's not the Speaker's duties to lead anyone. With that said, I feel that I am a natural born leader, as demonstrated by my ability to lead the largest and most active Eurogroup, and I naturally bring my leadership qualities with me to my job as Speaker.
"As Speaker, I have often prefaced debates with the simple notion that not everything in a bill will be agreeable to everyone. However, there is always common ground, and we should always strive to meet in that common ground, and we should always listen to and respect one another. When I am mocked as the Arch-Compromiser-In-Chief, I just point to the number of bills that get passed. Working together is simply just how things get done.
"In debates, I let all Councillors voice their opinions. If a Councillor has 15 amendments to submit, I won't roll my eyes. I will address and include all their amendments with enthusiasm. In my entire career as Councillor, I have never shied away from or discouraged intense debates, but I have always come down hard when the personal attacks come out. When someone has their character attacked, whether it be a former Commissioner, a Councillor, or anyone else, it has often been me who has taken up the charge to defend them. I will always defend and encourage people to be who they are and to bring what they can to the table.
Voting ended last night, the results are as follows:
Five votes (71.4%) FOR the act.
Two votes (28.6%) AGAINST the act.
European Aviation Standardization Act of 2019 is PASSED meeting the simple majority requirements of the constitution, and is now law. Thank you to everyone who supported this act!