Asked by our partner abgeordnetenwatch, before the elections, about his views on European associations, MEP Markus Ferber CSU) answered the following:

Associations are an important part of our society, they enrich living together and offer the opportunity to pass on knowledge and culture. I support the request for a European statute as this is the way how we can promote the networking of European civil society and create legal certainty throughout the EU. … So far, the introduction of a European statute for associations has failed because there was no majority in favour of the proposal among the Member States. If I am re-elected, I will continue to support a European Statute for Associations.

In May 2019, Markus Ferber was re-elected as member of the European Parliament.