European Parliament Posts: Where is the Balance?

Euractiv reports that Eastern European member states are underrepresented in executive positions in the commissions of the European Parliament.

Bulgarian MEP Ivailo Kalfin says that the d’Hondt principle for the distribution of chairs, and the fact that many MEPs from Eastern Europe come for the first time in the European Parliament, are the main reasons for the underrepresentation.

The article summarizes the supposed criteria for the negotiations to determine which MEP from which group gets which chair: large vs. small countries, the weight of the political group, the stature and profile of the MEP, and gender balance.

This does not look like a very transparent guideline, indeed.

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