Debate starts NOW and will continue until 20:45 GMT on October 22nd, 2020.
You disapprove of the way the European Council is portrayed in the Act? One of the core values of the European Union is democracy, as stated by the Preamble of the Constitution, and it is a value that the EU promotes. Why shouldn't the European Council, the greatest democratic decision-making body of the European Union's institutions, be an example of a democratically-elected body? To suggest otherwise not only weakens the European Union's promotion of democracy, but it would also make the European Union hypocritical on the matter. Your point on the ECoJ doesn't make any sense, precisely because it is not a legislature, and we are discussing who has legitimacy to legislate.
For the most part, I disagree with your second point. Many of the so-called restrictions laid out in the Act are quite general, and don't even prohibit that example that you gave. There is nothing in the Act that states that people outside of the Kurultay can nominate themselves. It only states that "candidates for Councillor were able to freely nominate themselves", which of course can only be limited to the members of your Kurultay. It never states that any and all people are allowed to nominate themselves. There are restriction that could be put into place, and almost always do exist, to limit and define what an eligible 'candidate' is. For example, certain age restrictions or certain status, as you described with the Kurultay, could be put into place. Presumably, the restrictions have to be reasonable, otherwise it could be argued that the elections wasn't free or fair, but that's a completely different battle than the one you suggested.
For your third point, this is something I actually agree with, I am not a fan of unlimited term limits. That clause exists, because when I was originally proposing the legislation, I consulted several of my colleagues on the matter, and the majority of them all wanted to see it in place. If you wanted to propose an amendment to remedy this specific clause, then I'd support such an amendment.
As for your fourth point, I hear you. I don't think that anyone who supports a democratically-elected Council would suggest that it's better than a government-appointed one in each and every single measure, but rather, it's just the best of all options. Here's why:
It is perfectly valid and legitimate for the people to elect a certain government for their member state, but select someone else not from the government to represent them in the European Council. We've seen this time and time again within the European Union, and for a long time, I myself was an example of this. The duties of a member state's government and the European Council, while they sometimes may overlap, are fundamentally very different things. You realise, as a Councillor, while you represent Alkharya, you make decisions and vote on things which directly change and impact the laws in all member states, including Inquista, Spain, Ruthund and so on? Your government and the Kurultay do not have any legal jurisdiction over these countries, and no matter how hard the Kurultay may try, it cannot pass laws that change laws in Inquista. It simply isn't Inquista's legislature. Thus, the jurisdiction of your Councillor and the Kurultay are completely different, and are concerned with very different things. Thus, we can see also how European Council is intertwined with shaping the direction of all of the European Union. Furthermore, while it is common that countries also hold elections on the matter, it is actually up to Councillors to vote in European Commission and European Court of Justice elections. Again, this has to do with European-wide affairs which escape the legal jurisdiction of your national government or legislature, as these bodies directly impact other member states and their own jurisdictions.
There are also many further points to make in the case for the EACA. The European Council can, as I already explained, make decisions which are far-reaching across all of Europe. Councillors are actually very powerful legislators. It is irresponsible, and quite frankly, extremely illiberal, to make these powerful legislators unaccountable to the public. A frequent criticism of the European Council and of the European Union prior to the EACA was that the EU had a major democratic deficit, in which unelected bureaucrats were hiding in the shadows of Europolis, making powerful decisions, and members of the public got no say in this whatsoever. Eurosceptics and nationalists chastised the European Council, calling it undemocratic, they questioned its legitimacy, since nobody had chosen these legislators, or even heard of them, and some even wanted to abolish the European Council altogether. Well, now the power rests in the hands of the people. Now they're upset that the people get to actually choose, and not their government.
Legislators, especially ones of great importance, such as those in the European Council, ought to be elected. While I'm sure your country may have an extraordinarily enlightened and technocratic government - and I don't mean that facetiously - but you don't need to be a regular observer of politics to understand how the inner working of politics works. Members of a government will ultimately choose someone who is a reliable mouthpiece for them and their party, who probably has the most friends and influence in the government, as their Councillor, and all qualifications and expertise are often secondary consideration for appointment. I am sure you and other supporters of appointed Councillors will get very angry with me for suggesting this, but let us not pull the wool over the public's eyes and suggest that’s not how politics often works. People aren't fools. That's precisely why the people ought to elect their councillors, as they are far more likely to be a better judge of what would actually make a good councillor based on the public's own measure of merit and qualifications.
I will limit myself to one final point for the sake of brevity. The European Union has, and has had, many member states which proudly and openly describe themselves as non-democratic. I'm not a fan of this, but fine, so be it. However, if these self-described non-democratic states were also able to appoint un-elected councillors to our chamber, then that would be a slap in the face, and in which case, the European Council would truly be a cabal of illiberal bureaucrats who dictated EU law without any accountability, and that would be a great shame.
I hope that the power of the European Council continues to lie in the hands of the European people. I am proud to be a representative of the Inquistan people, who I am honoured to serve.
Council Speaker and Councillor for Inquista