European Council Political Groups Act
In light of the 7-0 vote in Premier Commissioner Whiteford's reform project, I would like to submit to the Council the following piece of legislation:
European Council Political Groups Act
Authored by: Cllr. Gisela Stuart
Article I – Definitions
- For the purposes of this Act, ‘Europarties’ are defined as region-wide alliances of national political parties
Article II – Political Groups
- European Councillors are hereby allowed to form, disband, join, and leave official Political Groups based on a common ideological affinity
- These Political Groups are funded by the European Council and will operate under the jurisdiction of the Speaker’s Office
- These Political Groups are established to serve as a means by which like-minded Councillors can formulate ideas, and rally support for, or opposition to, proposals
- In addition to activity related to the European Council, Political Groups may endorse, and campaign for, current candidates in elections to the European Commission, or in national elections to the European Council
- This Act does not impinge upon the right of member-states to appoint or dismiss their Councillor as they see fit; nor their right to direct or act upon their Councillor’s votes, speech, or Political Group membership in the European Council
Article III – Membership of Political Groups
- Membership of Political Groups is restricted to individual European Councillors
- Associate Membership is restricted to European Commissioners, and current candidates in elections to the European Commission or in national elections to the European Council
- Associate Members may not vote on the Political Group’s internal decisions
- No Councillor may be a member of more than one Political Group at a time
- No Commissioner or candidate may be an Associate Member of more than one Political Group at a time
Article IV – Organisation of Political Groups
- Each Political Group must have a Chairman, who must themselves be a European Councillor
- Political Groups are free to decide for themselves the specific terms of the Chairman’s election or appointment, term in office, and oversight from the Political Group’s membership
- In the event of a Chairman’s resignation or removal from office, the Political Group must elect or appoint a new Chairman within fourteen days
- Political Groups are free to elect or appoint a member to serve as Chairman in such circumstances before such an event occurs
- A Chairman may be removed from office by the Speaker if they leave the European Council, or if the Speaker deems them to have been neglecting their duties as a Councillor and/or as Chairman
- The European Council may, by a supermajority vote, overrule the removal of a Chairman on the grounds of their neglecting their position
- Political Groups may take internal decisions either by an executive decision of the Chairman, or by a majority vote of its members, or both; and are under no obligation to use the same system in all circumstances
- Political Groups must decide by majority vote within a month of their foundation which system they will use in which circumstances
Article V – Establishing and Dissolving Political Groups
- Any and all applications to establish a Political Group are subject to the approval of the Speaker of the European Council
- Applications to establish a Political Group must include the following to be considered for approval:
- A name for the Political Group;
- The names of three or more European Councillors founding the Political Group, including a designated Chairman;
- A short summary of the common ideological basis of the Political Group
- Councillors are obliged to inform the Speaker and the Political Groups involved if they are joining or leaving the Council, or if they are switching from one Political Group to another
- The Speaker is obliged to dissolve a Political Group in the following events:
- The Political Group is reduced to fewer than three members and does not resolve this situation within fourteen days;
- The Political Group’s Chairman, with the consent of a majority of its membership, requests its dissolution;
- The Political Group fails to fulfil the duties laid out in Article IV.iii or Article IV.v.a
- The Political Group is found guilty by the European Court of Justice of breaking the terms of the Constitution, or this or any other Act
Article VI – Implications for Europarties
- The European Council, and in particular the Speaker’s Office, ceases to recognise Europarties, and any and all Councillors’ identifying with them
- Europarties are encouraged to dissolve themselves and, where possible, convert themselves into Political Groups
DEBATE starts now and ends at 23.45 on 25th January;
AMENDMENTS start then and end at 23.45 on 27th January;
VOTING starts then and ends at 23.45 on 30th January.
Firoux got up from his seat and gave Councillor Stuart a wink. He was still falling hopelessly in love with the new Angleteric Councillor, despite that she was ignoring all of his advances. Firoux liked it when they played hard to get.
"This act is an excellent piece of legislation, and it has my full support. I'm glad we can finally bring an end to the decaying Europarty system and start a better system anew."
James Tournay just clapped for a good minute to show his support for this Act.
We are in full support of the dissolving and replacement of Europarties and are excited at the new chapter in European politics this provides.
While the United Kingdom views the issue to be on the side of participants in the current Europarty system rather than the system itself, it will not resist the reform. We will, however, view the new chapter in European politics with scepticism.
Iain Duncan Smith
Councillor for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Since there were no proposed amendments, we move straight to the final voting. This begins now, and ends at 23:45 GMT 28/01/16
I, John Walters, on behalf of the Twelve Commonwealths of Halsberg, vote FOR the bill.
On behalf of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, I, Iain Duncan Smith, ABSTAIN from this vote.
"On behalf of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Artabanos, I vote FOR this act. I thank Councillor Stuart for her hard work and applaud Europarty Reform finally, after all these months of talking, coming to concrete proposals."
I, Gisela Stuart, on behalf of the Apostolic Kingdom of Angleter, vote FOR this bill.
On behalf of the Microstate of Inquista, I vote FOR this act.
On behalf of the Federation of Fremet, I vote FOR this Act.
I, Acwellan Devoy, on behalf of the Duxburian Union, vote [b]FOR[/b] this bill.
On behalf of the United Kingdom of Davishire and Buckinghamshire I vote, FOR , this bill
On behalf of the 9 Dominions of Icholasen, I vote FOR this Act. - DoSPCPC-Rt3
I, on behalf of Poretos, vote IN FAVOUR of the Act
With the force guiding me, I, Darth Khan, on behalf of the Second Serene Republic of Aalen vote FOR this bill
Voting has now closed. With 10 votes in favour and 1 abstention, the European Council Political Groups Act is hereby passed. As a result, my office and the European Political Institutions as a whole shall cease recognition of the established Europarties. I shall be opening up a dedicated channel as part of my office for applications by Councillors to form the new Political Groupings very shortly.
Speaker John Walters