Working Paper for the Summer University 2017 (30 August – 1 September 2017):
Venables, T., Isopo, E. (2017), Could a Transnational Political Party Emerge from European Citizenship?
At a number of events across Europe, for example in parallel to the celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome last March, the possibility of new or reformed political parties springing up in the run-up to the European elections in 2019 has been discussed. This is not surprising in a Europe where unexpected political shifts are occurring with often breath taking speed at municipal, regional and national levels. Pressures to overcome a crisis of representation by democratic renewal are combining with pressures to renew the European project. This paper addresses this question from two different angles. In Part one, we discuss reasons why new transnational political initiatives can be expected in the run-up to the 2019 elections. Part two is a summary of EU Regulation 1141/2014 on the Statute and Funding of European political parties.