As part of the parliamentary dimension of the Dutch EU Presidency, the Senate and House of Representatives ran an essay competition for young people between the ages of 18 and 25. The essay writers had to answer the following question: ‘What will be the role of the Dutch parliament in the European Union in 25 years’ time?’
The jury – which consisted of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, among other individuals – decided that Andrea Finesso wrote the best essay on Dutch parliamentary democracy and how the EU works, detailing current practice and ideas for the future. In his essay, Andrea called for a stronger political debate at the EU level in order to strengthen and enrich European politics in general. According to Andrea, this can be achieved if a new system of democratic representation is created: a bicameral system, in which one chamber consists of elected MPs from the national parliaments and the other chamber consists of members of the European Parliament.
Andrea is an Italian student of European Studies at Maastricht University. During the plenary COSAC conference, which will be held from 12 to 14 June in the Hall of Knights in The Hague, he will present a summary of his essay to MPs from all over Europe. In addition, he will be allowed to travel as a VIP to Bratislava to attend the interparliamentary conference there, which will be held within the framework of the Slovakian EU Presidency. Andrea called the Dutch parliament “very open-minded”. As an Italian, he did not expect to win the essay competition about the Dutch parliament.