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European Parliament elections 2019

The European Union held elections across its 28 Member States to the European Parliament between 23-26 May.

Results from across the Member States are now provisionally confirmed.  The allocation of the 751 seats in the new European Parliament is presented in the chart below.  These are illustrated in terms of the political groupings to which most MEPs from national parties are affiliated.

There is more information, including data on election results in individual Member States at  https://www.election-results.eu/

The turnout across the EU28 at the 2019 elections was 50.97 per cent.

What happens next ... ?

The EP is elected for a five year term.  The new EP will assemble in Strasbourg for its constitutive session on 2 July, and will first elect its President.  You can find out more about the EP at http://www.europarl.europa.eu

On 28 May, the EU also began the process to appoint the political leadership of the other EU institutions for its next mandate.  These include the positions of President of the European Commission, due to take office on 1 November, and the President of the European Council, due to take office on 1 December. 

There are also decisions required on the whole body of European Commission members, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and the Executive Board of the European Central Bank (ECB).      

There is more information regarding the appointments process for the leadership of the EU institutions at: 

https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/european-council/role-nominations-appointment/

Bishop Robert has commented on the 2019 Election results:

"I welcome the level of participation in the European Parliament elections across the 28 Member States, its highest for over 20 years. 

However, I share the concerns and deep frustrations that are being expressed regarding the inability of EU citizens to cast their vote in these EP elections in the UK; these include many in the Diocese in Europe. Consequently, I shall be raising these issues directly with UK Government Ministers. 

I pray that our new decision-makers in the Parliament and across the Union, be given the wisdom to govern our people well over the next five years.

Anglicans will continue to remain actively engaged in the work of the next EU mandate.  In the Spirit of Christ, we look forward to working closely with our brothers and sisters across European Churches, and all those whose work for the common good promotes the Gospel message of peace and reconciliation among peoples."