The European Parliament has proposed the creation of 25 new seats for crossborder representatives.
This is intended to increase voters’ interest in the next EU elections, in 2014.
Transnational electoral lists, as they are called, would be added to those of the 751 member openings on national lists.
The new proposal for pan-European seats comes with added scope accorded to the parliament under the Lisbon Treaty.
It is an attempt to remedy the downward trend in European election participation since the first direct citizens’ ballot in 1979, from 38% abstention to 57% in 2009.
Voters’ disinterest is attributed to their not knowing enough about the parliament’s role and to election campaigns’ predominant focus on national themes.