Hajnalka Juhász, deputy leader of Hungary’s co-ruling Christian Democrats, called for “a Europe which is closer to its citizens and represents them equally” in her online contribution to a conference held in the European Parliament on the future of the community, late on Wednesday.
Juhász noted that the European Union had been set up on a voluntary basis, with the members making a decision to exercise certain powers jointly. “Joining the EU cannot mean that the legal order of members should be dissolved in a common, European system; it is important that the constitutional identity of member states should be maintained for the future,” she said.
Zoltán Balczó, MP of opposition Jobbik, said that a planned system of voting on transnational lists “would not bring the EU closer to European citizens”. He insisted that the lists would “contain names most of which are unknown to voters”.