Saturday, June 13, 2009

EU Election Results for the European Union Parliament : 27 Countries : 736 Members of Parliament (MEPs) : Representing 492 Million Citizens of Europe



Few in Europe know the name of their European Parliament MEP (Member of Parliament)? Those who do not know can view this EU directory, which at the time of this posting does not yet reflect the elections just held for the European Parliament.

The Germany Missions in the United States at Germany.info provide a superbly informative article - 27 Nations, One Election - on those elections, calling them "the biggest transnational elections in history". Take a look.

The BBC has a country by country analysis of the election results and we show below the fairly final but still officially provisional EU Election Results for all 27 Countries who elected 736 Members of Parliament (MEPs) representing 492 million European inhabitants (there are 375 million eligible voters):

Provisional 11 June 2009 at 11:26 CEST


EPP PES ALDE UEN GREENS/ EFA GUE/ NGL IND/ DEM Others Total
Belgium BE 6 5 5 0 3 0 0 3 22
Bulgaria BG 6 4 5 0 0 0 0 2 17
Czech Republic CZ 2 7 0 0 0 4 0 9 22
Denmark DK 1 4 3 2 2 1 0 0 13
Germany DE 42 23 12 0 14 8 0 0 99
Estonia EE 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 6
Ireland IE 4 3 1 3 0 0 0 1 12
Greece EL 8 8 0 0 1 3 2 0 22
Spain ES 23 21 2 0 2 1 0 1 50
France FR 29 14 6 0 14 4 1 4 72
Italy IT 35 0 7 9 0 0 0 21 72
Cyprus CY 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 6
Latvia LV 1 0 1 3 1 0 0 2 8
Lithuania LT 4 3 2 2 0 0 0 1 12
Luxembourg LU 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 6
Hungary HU 15 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 22
Malta MT 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Netherlands NL 5 3 6 0 3 2 2 4 25
Austria AT 6 4 0 0 2 0 0 5 17
Poland PL 28 7 0 15 0 0 0 0 50
Portugal PT 10 7 0 0 0 5 0 0 22
Romania RO 13 11 5 0 1 0 0 3 33
Slovenia SI 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 7
Slovakia SK 6 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 13
Finland FI 4 2 4 0 2 0 0 1 13
Sweden SE 5 5 4 0 2 1 0 1 18
United Kingdom UK 0 13 11 0 5 1 13 29 72
European Union EU total 264 161 80 35 53 32 18 93 736
Source: TNS opinion in cooperation with the European Parliament.

There are seven main political parties - plus others - represented in the European Parliament, with the provisional 2009 election results listed next to each party together with their 2004 election results:
  • EPP [centre-right]: Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) - 264 seats based on 35.9% of the vote in 2009 as opposed to 36.7% of the vote in 2004
  • PES [centre-left]: Socialist Group in the European Parliament - 161 seats based on 21.9% of the vote in 2009 as opposed to 27.6% in 2004 (according to the European Voice that number increases to 182 as "The Socialist group in the European Parliament has formed an alliance with the Italian Democratic Party (DP), a move that increases the grouping's MEPs by 21, to 182.... The grouping will be known as the Alliance of Socialists and Democrats for Europe (ASDE)."



  • ALDE : Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe - 80 seats based on 10.9% of the vote in 2009 as opposed to 12.7% in 2004
  • GREENS/ EFA : Group of the Greens / European Free Alliance - 53 seats based on 7.2% of the vote in 2009 as opposed to 5.5% in 2004
  • UEN : Union for Europe of the Nations Group - 35 seats based on 4.8% of the vote in 2009 as opposed to 5.6% in 2004
  • GUE/ NGL : Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left - 32 seats based on 4.3% of the vote in 2009 as opposed to 5.2% in 2004
  • IND/ DEM : Independence/Democracy Group - 18 seats based on 2.4% of the vote in 2009 as opposed to 2.8% in 2004
  • Others (including the British National Party, the Czech ODS and British Tories) - 93 seats based on 12.6% of the vote in 2009 as opposed to 3.8% in 2004
As opposed to a voter turnout of 45.47% in 2004, the voter turnout in 2009 was a disappointing 43.2% EU-wide - also only 43% here in Germany. All major EU Parliament parties dropped in their percentage of votes and only the GREENS and OTHER parties gained.

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