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Diana's manifesto launch

December 17, 2011 7:22 PM

Door handlesDiana has set out her manifesto for her candidacy in the race to become the next President of the European Parliament. Diana was joined by MEPs supporting her campaign at a press conference in the Strasbourg parliament. The election will take place on 17th January 2012.

Diana said at the press conference:

"I want an open Presidency for the whole Parliament and with this in mind I am presenting a 5 point plan. I want to introduce far-reaching procedures to open up decision making and for the President to serve all members."

Diana's five point plan for an open Presidency:

1. Setting the agenda and open decision making

Communication from Parliament needs to be politically relevant and focused, ensuring our clear intervention to hold the Commission and Council to account. The President must champion the need for MEPs to have opportunities to put matters of concern on the agenda. Internally, the work of the Bureau must be more accessible with agendas available in advance to all members and prompt simple reporting back on the main items discussed.

2. Serving all Members

The President must serve all members, giving regular opportunities for MEPs to propose new initiatives or raise issues of concern. A cabinet staff member should be dedicated to members' issues. To support their legislative and political work, we must ensure also that members can count on first class research and drafting support.

3. Setting the standards

It is time to practice what we preach by raising our environmental game, investing in energy efficiency, and cutting our resource use. Our goal should be for Parliament to become a European model for good environmental performance.

4. Parliamentarians together

We must ensure effective working with parliamentarians at all levels to hold governmental and executive power to account. We can - and should - improve collaborative working with national parliamentarians helping and facilitating the linking or twinning of legislative committees and even members in relation to individual policy interests.

5. Citizens centre stage

Implementing the Citizens Initiative and making a reality of participatory democracy should be at the heart of the next period of our mandate, reaching out together with policy committees, who should be challenged to hold at least a public hearing or exchange of views on relevant local or topical issues at local member state level away from our main places of work. Presidential visits should be used to highlight citizens groups, their work and their concerns; the peoples of Europe need to see that they are our first priority.

(Pic shows Diana using a seasonal device to distribute her manifesto to fellow MEPs - tying them with a red ribbon to office door handles)