Through our partner abgeordnetenwatch, we asked candidates for the European Parliament for their opinion on a European Statute for Associations. Here is what Axel Voss (CDU) told us, to our satisfaction:

I support the introduction of a statute for European associations and have already written to the European Commission on several occasions about this, as the right of initiative for legislative projects at European level lies solely with the Commission. In a reply in March 2019, the Commission informed me that it had just commissioned a new study to examine and evaluate European cooperation between associations and companies in the social economy. I very much hope that the results of this new study will lead to a corresponding initiative for a European associations’ statute in the coming legislative period.

Thanks Axel Voss!