Last month, the heads of the EU member states agreed a new budget for the EU for 2014-2020. It will now be the subject of negotiation between Parliament and Council followed by a final vote in Parliament.
The European Parliament is directly elected by all European citizens – it is crucial to Europe’s democratic decision making process with our our heads of state. Sadly however, a number of MEPs are proposing that their vote on the EU budget should be held in secret. We can’t let this happen!
Please write to your MEPs today to demand they call for the EU budget vote to be open, not secret:
Votes in the European Parliament are held in public. Many are just done by a show of hands but some are recorded and a specific recorded vote on sensitive issues can be requested. This should be such a vote.
According to the Parliament’s internal procedures there is also a provision to hold a secret ballot if one in five MEPs demand it. However, the European Parliament president Martin Schultz (the equivalent of the House of Commons Speaker) has suggested that the vote on the EU budget might be conducted secretly in this way to prevent national governments “bullying” MEPs.
Knowing which way our elected representatives vote on policy and legislation is a crucial way we can hold them to account. If we feel they have voted the wrong way, we can vote them out next time. We can’t do that if we don’t know which way they vote! It crucial this secret ballot does not go ahead.
We’ve set up a tool on our website to enable you to contact one or all of your MEPs quickly and simply. Just click on the link below to get started:
Please take a couple of minutes to send your MEPs a short note today. We can stop this travesty, but we need to make our views clear to our MEPs as soon as possible.
Director, Unlock Democracy