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EDC News: Europe’s 2019 Election Results and New Leadership
In May 2019, millions of Europeans decided what path the EU was going to take for the next 5 years. The increase in voter turnout demonstrated how Europeans are showing a greater interest in EU politics, therefore, giving a clearer image of their concerns and ambitions. The elections give European citizens the opportunity to choose the Member of European Parliament (MEP) they believe would represent them best in Parliament. In turn, these MEPs elect the new President of the European Parliament (David Sassoli) and most importantly the President of the European Commission (EC) (who is now Ursula von der Leyen). Within the structure of the EU, the EC acts as the executive branch which implements policies and guides the general direction of the EU.
The elections resulted in the EPP (24.23%) remaining the biggest political group followed by the S&D (20.51%), however, both decreased in their share of seats in comparison to the 2014 elections. Meanwhile, smaller groups are becoming more prominent, e.g. Renew Europe (14.38%), Greens/EFA (9.85%) and Identity and Democracy (ID) (9.72%). These results illustrate that the concerns of European citizens are moving towards issues relating to the environment, a more integrated and sustainable Europe and, conversely, a redefined Europe. These issues were addressed by the newly elected President of the EC (Ursula von der Leyen) in her candidate visionary speech (during the Plenary Session):
President von der Leyen proposes to implement these measures during her presidency over the next five years.
For more information
2019 European Election Results, European Parliament
2014 European Election Results, European Parliament
European Election Results Comparative Tool, European Parliament
European Elections Turnout by Year, European Parliament
Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament – Rule 16 (Election of President), European Parliament
Infographic: how the European Parliament president gets elected, European Parliament
Article 17 of the Treaty on European Union – Par. 7 (Election process of Commission President), EUR-Lex
How are the Commission President and Commissioners appointed?, European Parliament
The Political groups of the European Parliament, European Parliament
European Council appoints new EU Leaders, European Council