The decision was made by the party’s Bureau to promote gender equality in the European institutions. The party believes that the Spitzenkandidat process is only the beginning of the democratic EU they would like to see. It is committed to building a stronger democracy for a European Union closely connected to citizens.
EFA President, Lorena López de Lacalle, stated that “choosing a Spitzenkandidat is a vital step in connecting citizens with European democracy”, and that the party will select a Spitzenkandidat-tandem which embodies their values, inspires citizens to participate in the elections, and works tirelessly to be the voice for bringing the European Institutions closer to the people.
The two candidates of different genders who will lead the party’s project in the upcoming electoral contest will be publicly disclosed at the party’s Congress, which will take place on 13 and 14 October in Strasbourg. EFA hopes that this move will not only promote gender equality in the European institutions but will also encourage citizens to participate in the decision-making process of the European Institutions.