- Article 10 of the TEU
- Article 224 - Political Groups
- Council Decision 2002/772/EC
- Article 14.1 and Article 17.7 of the TEU
- The functioning of the Union shall be founded on representative democracy.
- Citizens are directly represented at Union level in the European Parliament. Member States are represented in the European Council by their Head of State or Government and in the Council by their governments, who are democratically accountable against either to their national Parliaments, or to their citizens.
- Every citizen has the right to participate in the democratic life of the Union. The decisions are taken as openly as possible and also as close as possible to the citizens.
- Political parties, at European level, contribute to forming the European political awareness and to expressing the will of citizens of the Union.
The European Parliament and the Council, acting by means of regulations, in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure, shall lay down the regulations governing political parties at European level, under Article 10, paragraph 4 of the Treaty on European Union, and in particular the rules regarding their funding.
Act concerning the election of representatives to the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage, annexed to Council Decision of 20th September, 1976, as amended.
- 14.1 The European Parliament elects the President of the Commission
- 17.7 Taking into account the elections to the European Parliament and after appropriate consultations, the European Council, acting by a qualified majority, shall propose to the European Parliament a candidate for the office of President of the Commission.
- This candidate shall be elected by the European Parliament by a majority of its component members. If he does not obtain the required majority, the European Council, acting by a qualified majority, within one month propose a new candidate who shall be elected by the European Parliament following the same procedure.