21 Member States Voting in 2019 EU Elections on Sunday, May 26
The EU elections are the world’s second largest exercise in democracy, with 427 eligible voters.
The bulk of the EU member states, 21 countries, are voting on Sunday, May 26, in the 2019 EU elections, on the last day of the vote.
The other seven EU member states have voted already: the Netherlands and the UK on Thursday, May 23; the Czech Republic and Ireland on Friday, May 24; and Malta, Latvia, and Slovakia on Saturday, May 25.
Sunday is the European Parliament election day for Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden and Spain.
The new EU Parliament is set to convene for the first time in Strasbourg, France, on July 2, 2019.
Some 427 million voters are eligible to vote in the world’s second largest exercise of direct electoral democracy after the elections in India.
While the UK’s fate as an EU member state remains uncertain, the EU 27 have granted it an extension on Brexit until October 31, 2019, so it has had to partake in the new EU vote.
The first official results of the elections in the entire EU will be released after the last polling stations are closed – they will be made public after 11 pm CET, on Sunday, May 26, when the polling stations will be closed down in Italy.
Results from exit polls and surveys, however, will be published earlier by the European Parliament, at 6 pm on May 26.
A total of 751 MEP seats will be filled with representatives from across the EU for the next 5 years.
The first projection for the composition of the new European Parliament (2019 – 2024) will be based on the existing political groups meaning that any newcomers such as French President Emmanuel Macron’s “Renaissance” list in France, the Spanish far-right party Vox, or other likely far-right and populist parties will be listed as “Others”.
Forming a parliamentary group requires at least 25 MEP seats and representatives from at least 7 EU member states.
The news conferences after the announcing of the results at the European Parliament venue in Brussels will be covered by more than 1,000 journalists, twice as many as in 2014.
Based on the results and the negotiations among the party families, the new EU Parliament will have the opportunity to elect the next President of the European Commission, the EU executive. The new European Commission should begin operating on November 1, 2019.
Other top EU appointments depending on the debates of the new Parliament include the Presidents of the Parliament itself as well the European Council, and the European Central Bank.
The leaders of the EU 28 member states will convene in Brussels for a European Council summit on May 28, 2019, to address the results from the elections and also begin negotiations on the new appointments to the Union’s top jobs.
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