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Sylvie Goulard, the potential third woman as president of the European parliament

pdf mise en ligne :29 11 2016 ( NEA say… n° 177 )


On the 24th of November 2016, Mr Schulz, current president of the European Parliament (EP), announced his resignation in order to run for the German presidential elections against Mrs. Merkel. Although the date of his departure from the European scene is unknown, what is certain is that the next elections to elect his successor will take place in January 2017.

Following this announcement and without waiting for the investiture of her party, Sylvie Goulard, member of the EP (MEP) of the centrist group of ALDE (Alliance of European Liberals and Democrats), announced her candidacy for this post. One of the main reason that motivates her is the concretization of gender equality that the EP claims to promote. However, as pointed out by several European medias, in 37 years, only two women, S. Veil and N. Fontaine, chaired the EP against 14 men. Consequently, S. Goulard, defender of women's rights, wants to break this "ceiling of glass that still crushes women", she notes. Furthermore, the president of the European Commission, the president of the Central Bank, the president of the EU Court of Justice and the president of the European Investment Bank are all men. Only the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security is a woman.

Obviously, this is one reason among many explaining why the French member of the EP is running to chair this institution. Indeed, the EU is at a crossroads in a context where Euroscepticism has never been so high. That is why, for the candidate, three main challenges can be identified for the EP in 2017. It is about "regaining the confidence of citizens, fighting against nationalism, successfully starting negotiations with the UK, yet, without mobilising all our forces on this issue "says S. Goulard.

Moreover, the latter denounced in particular the opacity of the choice for the successor of the President of the EP. Indeed, the EP is based on a coalition. Thereby, this choice is based on discussions between the main parties of the institution. However, today, the EU mostly needs more transparency and democracy.

Finally, one should not justify the candidacy of S. Goulard on the fact that the member of EP is a woman. Indeed, she calls for making this choice according to the skills and merits of candidates. Likewise, she does have the professional experience to become “the speaker of the House”. The centrist group of the ALDE will have to make their choice on their candidate between her and Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the party in the course of the week

Kristell Prigent

Principales Sources d’informations :

- http://www.lepoint.fr/europe/parlement-europeen-sylvie-goulard-la-troisieme-femme-28-11-2016-2086242_2626.php#xtor=CS3-194

- http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/economie/20161125.OBS1752/une-femme-a-la-tete-du-parlement-europeen-messieurs-les-deputes-osez-_.html

- https://www.euractiv.fr/section/politique/news/sylvie-goulard-candidate-a-la-presidence-du-parlement-europeen/