Thu May 14th, 2009 at 06:03:30 AM EST
There are plans in the works to interview at least a few of the MEP candidates for different national parties - and clearly we're not the only ones, as Frank's diary shows.
Below the fold, we're developing a set of questions as a template for anyone who's interested to send them to a MEP candidate of choice. The basic idea is that by establishing a set of identical questions, this will facilitate a comparison of the (perhaps different) priorities of the MEP candidates.
What questions would you like to pose to the Member of European Parliament candidates?
I will first set the goal to craft 8 to 10 questions that can be sent to MEP candidates.
This is the current list - still a rough, incomplete draft, which can be modified.
Can you describe, briefly, what you think the European Union stands for?
If you look at participation during the elections, the European elections are not considered a "popular" election - what do you think are the main reasons for this?
Could you name three topics that should have top priority for the EU?
What do you consider the most important European Parliament vote in the 2004-2009 term?
(If you had been an MEP) In 2004-2009, was there a vote where you would have voted differently from your parliamentary group? Why or why not?
What is your outlook for the 2009-2014 term from the point of view of the institutions, and from the point of view of upcoming Directives? Is there a topic on which you would introduce an own-initiative report for approval by the plenary?
Of course, once the question-set is ready and an interview can be held, additional questions, ad-lib or personal, should at all times be welcomed. The template should be seen as a facilitating tool.
What questions should be added, rephrased, removed? Your input is welcome.