How elections in Romania influence the European Parliament’s structure

Sorin Melenciuc 27/05/2019 | 16:32

The European elections in Romania may have an important influence on the structure of European Parliament as the three largest groups will have Romanian members.

The projected results for the new European Parliament show significant losses for the two main groups, the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) and the centre-left Socialists and Democrats (S&D).

They remain the largest groups but have lost their traditional majority in the European Parliament.

Smaller groups like Greens and ALDE have made gains, as well as the right-wing nationalist and populist groups.

According to preliminary data, EPP will have 180 seats, S&D – 146 seats, and Liberals (ALDE) – 109 seats.

Romania has 32 seats in the European parliament and the preliminary results show that 14 seats will be occupied by PPE member parties (PNL 10, PMP – 2, UDMR – 2), 10 seats by S&D affiliates (PSD – 8, ProRomania – 2) and 8 by Liberals (2020 USR-Plus Alliance).

The current ALDE group will disappear as its members will form a new group together with Emmanuel Macron’s En March French movement and Romanian USR-Plus Alliance.

The unexpected success of both PNL and USR-Plus Alliance will strengthen their European groups while S&D will lose members due to the unexpected defeat of PSD.

According to BBC, EPP remains the largest bloc and analysts say it is likely to form a grand coalition with S&D, with support from liberals and the Greens.

In the other EU member states, traditional parties suffered losses.

In France, exit polls showed a narrow defeat of Emmanuel Macron’s allies at the hands of Marine Le Pen’s far-right Rassemblement National party.

In Germany, Angela Merkel’s ruling conservatives and their Social Democrat coalition allies both suffered losses.

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