European Democracy Consulting's λogos project challenges the implementation of national parties’ requirement to display the logo of their European party on their website.
In modern representative democracies, the link between citizens and the political parties representing them is essential. While considerations such as citizen engagement or parties’ internal democracy are important, the most basic pre-condition for this link is for citizens to know the competing parties.
So elemental is this requirement that it is hardly an issue anywhere; yet it is very much an issue in the European Union.
Mindful of this, the European legislator made it requirement, three years ago, for national member parties to display the logo of their European party of affiliation on their website “in a clearly visible and user-friendly manner”.
Today, as the European Parliament discusses the review of Regulation 1141/2014, the λogos project challenges the implementation of this requirement and finds that national parties have, by and large, failed to properly display these logos, while the European Parliament has been delinquent in its enforcement role.
The λogos project finds that national member parties overwhelmingly fail to properly implement the Regulation’s display requirement and ensuring the necessary visibility of their link to their European party of affiliation.