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Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Buzek suggests electing EU commissioners

Jerzy Buzek, the Polish president of the European Parliament, has suggested that future EU commissioners should compete in Europe-wide elections to get a "democratic mandate". Buzek, who is on a two-day visit in Berlin, made his proposal during a speech delivered at Humboldt University on Monday (22 March), according to the Polish Press Agency (PAP). He suggested a "parlamentarisation" of the European Commission, which he claimed decides about 65% of the laws adopted at the national level. "We do not need to change the treaties," Buzek said. "We just have to convince the EU countries to add their commissioner candidates to the lists for the European elections," he explained. "These people could be leaders of these lists," he added. "Future commissioners who will compete in the European elections will have a democratic mandate, because they will be elected by universal suffrage," Buzek explained.

Source: Euractiv